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Why the Amish Sing
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Elder's work helps us not only to see the Amish as human beings like ourselves but to see ourselves through the Amish. (from the Foreword) -- Terry E. Miller, Kent State University D. Rose Elder convincingly shows the clear importance of the phenomenon of singing to the Amish in many dimensions of their culture and faith. -- David J. Rempel Smucker, Anabaptist historian

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Foreword, by Terry E. MillerPrefaceAcknowledgmentsPart I: Amish Life and Song1. Who Are the Amish?2. The Functions of Amish Singing3. Case Study:: "Es sind zween Weg"Part II: Singing in Childhood and Adolescence4. Songs for Nurture: Lullabies and Children's Songs5. Songs for Instruction: Singing at School6. Case Study: School Repertoire7. Songs of Identity: Youth SingsPart III: Singing for Worship8. Songs of Memory: The Ausbund9. Songs of Belonging: Baptism, Council, and Communion10. Case Study: The Loblied, or LobsandPart IV: Singing for Special Occasions11. Songs of Love and Life: Weddings and Funerals12. Songs of Trust: Music in Daily Life13. Songs for the Future: Amish Singing in the Twenty-First CenturyAppendix I: Additional Musical ExamplesAppendix II: Research MethodsAppendix III: Historical Studies of Amish MusicNotesBibliographyIndex

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D. Rose Elder is an associate professor of ethnomusicology and rural sociology and coordinator of humanities and social sciences at the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute.

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This fine account now stands as the basic reference source on the topic of Amish singing. Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage A compelling account of one of the most rarely heard and least understood forms of singing in North America today. This is a groundbreaking work: the first to combine historical, social, spiritual, and ethnic values with high levels of musical scholarship and reliable transcriptions so as to reveal Amish song to be a genuine voice of Amish identity and belief systems. The Mennonite Quarterly Review

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