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Junger Männerchor records


Held at: German Society of Pennsylvania: Joseph P. Horner Memorial Library [Contact Us]611 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19123

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The Junger Männerchor was founded in 1852, as the sixth German singing society in Philadelphia and an offshoot of the oldest society in the city, the Männerchor. Under the leadership of Gustav Friedeborn and Julius Pick, nine members of that society, joined by two members of the society Sängerbund and two more men, founded the new society on February 22, 1852. Their first rehearsals took place under the direction of Matthias Keller, then the director of the Arch Street Theatre, and they competed in the 1852 Sängerfest in New York under the leadership of Philip Reuter. With 42 members at this point, they won first prize for the best rendition as well second prize for best song. In 1855, now counting 36 active and 120 passive members, the Junger Männerchor found their first permanent meeting space on the second floor of a house on the northwest corner of 4th St. and Vine St., where they remained for the next twelve and half years. During this period, they absorbed the singing society Eintracht, and George (Gustav) Runge (architect of the Philadelphia Academy of Music, with Napoleon LeBrun), served as president from 1858-1860.

During the 1860s-70s, the Junger Männerchor won prizes at both the New York and Baltimore Sängerfeste and, under the presidential term (beginning in 1867) of Wilhelm Hartmann, they experimented with a Damenchor (women’s chorus). In 1884, the society founded a more permanent Damenchor and also purchased the location of their longest-lasting hall at 310-312 N. 6th Street. They held their first mixed-chorus performance and moved into their newly completed building the following year. In 1895, then president of the Junger Männerchor Arno Leonhardt became the president of the United Singers of Philadelphia, a consortium of singing societies in the area, and the Junger Männerchor Vereins-Halle became the headquarters of this organization as well, leading to the expansion of the building.

In the beginning of the twentieth century, the Junger Männerchor continued to meet, give concerts, and compete in Sängerfeste. In 1912, they won the top prize at the Nordöstlicher Sängerbund’s Sängerfest, and were granted permanent possession of the Kaiser Prize, a silver and gilt statue donated by Kaiser Wilhelm II to the competition in 1900. While the First and Second World Wars did impact the Junger Männerchor’s activity, they continued on as an organization until at least 1991, and this collection retains materials from concerts and other events up until 1966.

The Junger Männerchor of Philadelphia is one of the oldest German-American singing societies (founded on February 22,1852). This collection comprises membership records, ephemera, memorabilia, songbooks, sheet music, and audio recordings of the Junger Männerchor, with dated materials spanning from the year 1892 to 1966.

The collection is organized as follows: Series I includes two manuscript membership records books, dated 1906 and 1911. Series II contains ephemera, and primarily contains concert programs, including for the society’s centennial concert, as well as lyric sheets, season programs, and event tickets. An issue of the society’s own periodical "Der Adler" (Oct. 1902) , a preservation copy of J.F. Anton’s history of the society (published in 1902), and three audio recordings from a concert in 1959 round out the series. Series III comprises a vast collection of sheet music materials, including songbooks printed for events in which the Junger Männerchor participated, in addition to a vast catalogue of sheet music purchased by the society. The songbooks are organized by event date, and the sheet music is organized by title, lyricist, and composer. This collection retains the partitur and two copies of each voice (Tenor I, Tenor II, Bass I, Bass II) where possible, and also includes additional copies if significant manuscript notation is present. The sheet music subseries (III B) also includes some manuscript sheet music as indicated at the folder level.

The audio recordings from 1959 were shared digitally with the German Society of Pennsylvania and the Horner Memorial Library by Jan Michael Wieczerzak in 2022, on behalf of his father, John Wieczerzak, who was a member of the Junger Männerchor. The 1911 membership book was found in a box with the Friedrich W. Haussmann memorial resolutions (item now Ms. Coll. 18) in the attic of the German Society of Pennsylvania. All other materials were discovered in various locations on the premises.

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Finding aid prepared by Jehnna Lewis
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The processing of this collection was made possible through generous funding from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, as part of the Germany Society of Pennsylvania's 2020 Historical and Archival Records Care Grant.
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Collection Inventory

Membership records volume, 1906 August 22.
Box 1 Folder 1
Membership records volume, 1911 January 1.
Box 1 Folder 2

40th Anniversary Festival of Song Program (Original GSP call number AG 496), 1892 February 22-23.
Box 1 Folder 3
Concert programs. Includes a program for the Concert of the Wiener Männer Gesang Verein conducted by Edouard Kremser and Richard Heuberger under the Auspices of the Junger Maennerchor of Philadelphia, American Academy of Music, May 10, 1907 (Original GSP call number AG 183)., 1898-1912.
Box 1 Folder 4
Concert programs, 1923-1937.
Box 1 Folder 5
Concert programs, 1940-1966.
Box 1 Folder 6
Centennial concert program, 1952 February 22.
Box 1 Folder 7
"Junger Männerchor: Geschichte des Vereins von der Gründung in 1852 bis zum Goldenen Jubiläum im Februar 1902" by J.F. Anton, preservation photocopy of GAC AG 180.2 (Original GSP call number Pamphlet AG 180.2p), 1902.
Box 1 Folder 8
"Der Adler" periodical, vol. II no. 10, 1906 July.
Box 1 Folder 9
Other ephemera. Includes "Commers Lieder für das Fuenfzigste Stiftungsfest" from 1902 (Original GSP call number AG 182), a travel itinerary from summer 1905, a season program from 1910, event tickets, and a lyric sheet, 1902-1942.
Box 1 Folder 10
Audio recordings, 1959.
Box 1 Folder 11

19. Nationalsängerfest (Tenor II), 1900 June 30-July 4.
Box 2 Folder 12
50. Stiftungsfest, Junger Männerchor (Bass II), 1902 February 21-22.
Box 2 Folder 13
20. Nationalsängerfest (Bass I), 1903 June 14.
Box 2 Folder 14
20. Nationalsängerfest (Bass II), 1903 June 14.
Box 2 Folder 15
22. Nationalsängerfest (Tenor I), 1909 June 19-24.
Box 2 Folder 16
23. Nationalsängerfest (Tenor I), 1912 June 29-July 4.
Box 2 Folder 17
23. Nationalsängerfest (Tenor II), 1912 June 29-July 4.
Box 2 Folder 18
23. Nationalsängerfest (Bass I), 1912 June 29-July 4.
Box 2 Folder 19
23. Nationalsängerfest (Bass II), 1912 June 29-July 4.
Box 2 Folder 20
30. Nationalsängerfest (Tenor I), 1938 May 28-31.
Box 2 Folder 21
31. Nationalsängerfest, 1950 June 16-18.
Box 2 Folder 22
32. Nationalsängerfest, 1954 May 28-31.
Box 2 Folder 23
Abendlied (H. Löns / E. Mühlberg).
Box 3 Folder 24
Ade! (R. Herzog / L. Koemmenich Op. 31, No. 2).
Box 3 Folder 25
Am Meere (Schubert).
Box 3 Folder 26
Am Stadtthor (Vogel / Holl).
Box 3 Folder 27
Auf der Wanderung (Geibel / Klughardt, Op. 64).
Box 3 Folder 28
Barkarole (F. Margoff / F. Leu, Op. 43).
Box 3 Folder 29
Deutsches Siegeslied (Tschirch), manuscript.
Box 3 Folder 30
Dorfreigen (R. Baumbach / F. Wagner, Op. 104).
Box 3 Folder 31
Drei dunkle Tannen (Nies / Koemmenich), manuscript copies.
Box 3 Folder 32
Die drei Worte des Glaubens (F. Schiller / C. Zöllner).
Box 3 Folder 33
Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes (old English air, arr. Syre), manuscript copies.
Box 3 Folder 34
Drunten im Unterland (C. Samans).
Box 3 Folder 35
Festgesang an die Künstler (F. Schiller / F. Mendelssohn, Op. 68).
Box 3 Folder 36
Ein Fideles Marschlied (Juettner).
Box 3 Folder 37
Frau Musica (Sturm / Abt, Op. 602).
Box 3 Folder 38
Fruehlingszeit (Wilhelm).
Box 3 Folder 39
Gesänge aus der Musik zu "Sigurd Jorsalfar (Björnson / Grieg, Op.22).
Box 3 Folder 40
Gondellied (Schröder).
Box 3 Folder 41
Heimat (M. Steege / E. Hansen, Op. 264).
Box 3 Folder 42
Heimat (A. Holst / E. Nößler, Op. 60).
Box 3 Folder 43
Das Heldengrab (E. Rittershaus / L. Liebe, Op. 101, No. 2).
Box 3 Folder 44
Heute is heut'! (O. Waldmeister, Op. 121).
Box 3 Folder 45
I Walk Alone (Lownsbury / Talmadge).
Box 3 Folder 46
Ich sende diese Blume dir (F. Wagner, Op. 38).
Box 3 Folder 47
Im Mai soll man nichts üben, als lieben! (Sturm / Claasen, Op. 31, No. 4).
Box 3 Folder 48
Im Rosengärtlein (K. Stiehler / H. Spielter, Op. 48, No. 2).
Box 3 Folder 49
In der Ferner (Silcher), manuscript copies.
Box 3 Folder 50
Der Jäger Abschied (Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Op. 5, No. 2).
Box 3 Folder 51
Jung Volker (E. Mörike / F. Hegar, Op. 35, No. 3).
Box 3 Folder 52
Das Kätzchen (K. Busse / L. Thuille, Op. 23, No. 3).
Box 3 Folder 53
Kriegers Abschied (Attenhofer, Op. 65).
Box 3 Folder 54
Laudamus (W. Owen, arr. D. Protheroe).
Box 3 Folder 55
Das Lieben bringt grosse Freude (F. Jaeger), bound with "Muss i denn, muss i denn zum Städtele 'naus" (J. Rietz).
Box 3 Folder 56
Liebesfrühling (F. Adamus / J. Reiter, Op. 65).
Box 3 Folder 57
Der Lindenbaum (Müller / Schubert).
Box 3 Folder 58
Der Lindenbaum (Schubert), manuscript partitur by Leopold Syre.
Box 3 Folder 59
Märzenwind (Baumbach / G. Baldamus, Op. 20, No. 1).
Box 3 Folder 60
Mein Herz ist im Hochland(Burns / Winter).
Box 3 Folder 61
Minnelied (Siebel / Bünte).
Box 3 Folder 62
Mondschein Lieder (Seidel / Bungert, Op. 28, No. 1).
Box 4 Folder 63
Morgenlied (J. v. Eichendorff / J. Rietz), published by J.W. Jost and Son.
Box 4 Folder 64
Morgenlied (J. v. Eichendorff / J. Rietz), published by G. Schirmer.
Box 4 Folder 65
Morgenlied (J. v. Eichendorff / J. Rietz), published by Ernst Eulenburg.
Box 4 Folder 66
Die neue Welt (H. Zöllner).
Box 4 Folder 67
Niederländisches Dankgebet.
Box 4 Folder 68
Noch sind die Tage der Rosen (Roquette / Spicker, Op. 24, No. 1).
Box 4 Folder 69
O, bleib bei mir (folk tune), manuscript copies.
Box 4 Folder 70
The Old Refrain (A. Mattulath / F. Kreisler).
Box 4 Folder 71
The Omnipotence (Great is Jehovah) (Pyrker /Schubert, arr. Liszt).
Box 4 Folder 72
Räthsellied (Othegraven).
Box 4 Folder 73
Das Ringlein (A. Ritter / W. Nagel, Op. 25).
Box 4 Folder 74
Roland (St. Karolus / Pracht).
Box 4 Folder 75
Röslein im Wald (C. Fischer).
Box 4 Folder 76
Salve Regina (Schubert).
Box 4 Folder 77
Schluss-Choral (Stucken).
Box 4 Folder 78
Sei Unversagt (Marschner), manuscript.
Box 4 Folder 79
Silent Night, Holy Night (G. Federlein / F. Gruber).
Box 4 Folder 80
Der Singemeister und die Meistersinger (R. Genée, Op. 209) [score]. GAC Oversize Pamphlet AG 815.
Oversize Mss. III box 4
Der Singemeister und die Meistersinger (R. Genée, Op. 209) [vocal parts].
Box 4 Folder 81
Die Soldatenbraut (Greif / Speidel).
Box 4 Folder 82
Spinn! Spinn! (Jüngst).
Box 4 Folder 83
Ständchen (Pistorius / Attenhofer, Op. 68, No. 3).
Box 4 Folder 84
Die stille Wasserrose (Geibel / F. Abt, Op. 192), published by C. F. W. Siegel's Musikalienhandlung.
Box 4 Folder 85
Die stille Wasserrose (Geibel / F. Abt, Op. 192), published by Breitkopf and Härtel.
Box 4 Folder 86
Die Trompete von Vionville (F. Freiligrath / H. Hutter, Op. 36).
Box 4 Folder 87
Übers Jahr, mein Schatz! (D. Böttcher / A. Zander, Op. 43, No. 2).
Box 4 Folder 88
Unterm Lindenbaum (H. Pfeil / W. Sturm, Op. 10, No. 1).
Box 4 Folder 89
Venezia (H. F. / Koemmenich, Op. 24, No. 1).
Box 4 Folder 90
Villanella (O. di Lasso).
Box 4 Folder 91
Vögleins Abschied (F. Kirchhof, Op. 22).
Box 4 Folder 92
Warum ist es am Rhein so schön? (Schaaf).
Box 4 Folder 93
The Water Lily (F. Abt).
Box 4 Folder 94
Weihe des Gesanges (Mozart), mansucript copies.
Box 4 Folder 95
Die Wunderblume (K. Heckel / F. Langer).
Box 4 Folder 96
Your Land and My Land (D. Donnelly / S. Romberg).
Box 4 Folder 97

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