"The Pennsylvania Dutch Recordings of J. William Frey" April 18

Monday, April 18, 2016 -- 7-9pm -- 126 Memorial Library

The Mayrent Institute Sound Salon next week features Mark L. Louden (German and Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies, UW-Madison), discussing "The Pennsylvania Dutch Recordings of J. William Frey." One of the very few collections of commercially available recordings of Pennsylvania Dutch folk music ever made was a set of three 78s recorded in 1951 by J. William Frey and recorded on the Nelson Cornell label. Frey (1916–1989) was a native speaker of Pennsylvania Dutch and a professor of German and Russian for many years at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. Together with Alfred L. Shoemaker and Don Yoder, he founded the Pennsylvania Dutch Folklore Center at F&M in 1949, which played the leading role in the documentation of all aspects of Pennsylvania Dutch folklife. This presentation will discuss Frey’s recordings of seven secular songs that he himself performed for the collection, Folksongs of the Pennsylvania Dutch, songs which are today largely unfamiliar to contemporary Pennsylvania Dutch.

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