National Peace Jubilee

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Peace Jubilee, Boston, 1869
Peace Jubilee, Boston, 1869

The National Peace Jubilee was a celebration that commemorated the end of the American Civil War, organized by Patrick Gilmore in Boston from June 15-19, 1869. It featured an orchestra and a chorus, as well as numerous soloists. More than 11,000 performers participated, including the famous violinist Ole Bull as the orchestra's concertmaster,[1] and Carl Zerrahn as director of the choral forces.[2] The Jubilee became the "high-water mark in the influence of the band in American life".[3] Along with the World's Peace Jubilee and International Musical Festival in 1872, it made Gilmore a famous composer and bandmaster. For the Jubilee, a newly commissioned "Hymn of Peace" was written by Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, set to the music from "American Hymn" by Matthias Keller (1813-1875) and performed on the opening day.[4]

Participants included:

  • 100 choral groups with a total of 10,926 singers[1]
  • 525 musicians with the orchestra[1]
  • 486 musicians with the wind band[1]

See also[edit]


  • Crawford, Richard (2001). America's Musical Life: A History. W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN 0-393-04810-1.
  • Hall, Roger L. (2019), Angel of Peace: Music in Old Boston, PineTree Press.
  • Hansen, Richard K. (2005). The American Wind Band: A Cultural History. GIA Publications. ISBN 1-57999-467-9.


  1. ^ a b c d Hansen, pg. 229
  2. ^ John Tasker Howard (1936). "Zerrahn, Carl". Dictionary of American Biography. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons.
  3. ^ Crawford, pgs. 289-291
  4. ^ Hall, pg. 14-16

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Coordinates: 42°20′59.19″N 71°4′35.68″W / 42.3497750°N 71.0765778°W / 42.3497750; -71.0765778 (Copley Square, Boston)