Schottisches and scars: Finding the unity in music during the division of the Civil War
Wharton, Kendra Ann
Bailey, Walter B.
Master of Music
In this paper, I explore the role of social dance music, particularly the schottische, during the Civil War to address the issue of musical unity during cultural division. My research focused on a set of sixteen schottisches from Duke University's Historical American Sheet Music Project. I analyzed these pieces searching for the rhythmic, melodic, harmonic, and structural conventions associated with the schottische. What I found is that the conventions attached to the dance form hold true, regardless of the location of the publisher or the political ideology of the composer.
History, United States; Dance; Music