National Peace Jubilee
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, and Carl Zerrahn as director of the choral forces. The Jubilee became the "high-water mark in the influence of the band in American life". 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.
- 100 choral groups with a total of 10,926 singers
- 525 musicians with the orchestra
- 486 musicians with the wind band
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- 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.
- Hansen, pg. 229
- John Tasker Howard (1936). "Zerrahn, Carl". Dictionary of American Biography. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons.
- Crawford, pgs. 289-291
- Hall, pg. 14-16
- William Dean Howells. Jubilee Days. Atlantic Monthly, Aug. 1869.
- Moore, Thomas (1869). Let Us Have Peace: Music to be Performed at the Grand National Peace Jubilee. Oliver Ditson & Co.
- Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore: History of the National Peace Jubilee and Great Musical Festival: Held in the City of Boston 1869. Illustrated with Steel Engravings. Published 1871 by the Author and for Sale by Lee, Shepard, and Dillingham, New York
- Jarman, Rufus (1969), "Big Boom in Boston", American Heritage, 20 (6)
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- A History of the Wind Band
- Patrick S. Gilmore and the Boston Peace Jubilees
- Announcement and Programme of the Festival
- Programme of the Second day June 16, 1869 and Third day June 17, 1869
- List of Officers and Committees of the National Peace Jubilee Association
- List of distinguished persons invited to the Jubilee – page 344-46
- Official Programme for the five Days of the Festival page 432 ff