Sunday, August 01, 2010

link to psalmodikon thread on

including discussion of Swedish colony on the Delaware River by "razyn" including this dated Thu Apr 09, 2009 about Caspersson and "some hypothetical double-bouted hummel or Moraharpa of the 17th century New Sweden colony.:
...records of that colony, in English, Swedish, Dutch, Latin, German, or whatever. Those documents (and they are abundant) record the use, in New Sweden on the Delaware, of drums, "pipes" (keyless flutes, not bagpipes), at least one trumpet, and by 1702 a small church organ. There were several hymn writers among the ministers who served the colonists (and several generations of their descendants); I have translated and published some of their hymns. I've read papers about this in various academic settings, including a Moravian one in Bethlehem, PA. (Where, as you may recall from Banjimer's thread in 2007, there is documentation of the use of the zitter in several settings.) There is zero evidence of this instrument among the Swedish (and Finnish) colonists -- though we know about the games they played, food they ate, songs they sang, and a world of other minutiae, down to how much they paid for their Icelandic wool socks.
But he also says:
I prefer to believe what the evidence suggests; and that is that it's the German form of the instrument that took root, spread, and evolved (along several different paths, but they were all evolutionary) in the US. I agree with him more (now) than I did in Oct. 2007, about the specific example of the Tennessee Music Box (as being indebted in several ways to the psalmodikon). And I've said so, in some detail, on this forum ...
Links to a detailed discussion of a Minnesota cavalry unit posted to Middle Tennessee in 1862 and 1863 ...

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