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      In the 18th century, thousands of German-speaking peoples established major German settlements in Russia along the Volga River. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many migrated again, this time to North and South America. Throughout their travels, these Germans maintained their traditional religious music, their lullabies and folk songs, their vocal and instrumental music alike.

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      Music played an important role in many aspects Volga German life. There was a wide range of musical types from folk and wedding music to religious hymns sung in the churches. Explore the music of the Volga Germans.

Last updated 20 December 2015.
"The Emigrant may lose everything, Love of the Fatherland and the use of his Mother tongue, but the songs of his Homeland survive the longest." Gustave Freytag

The cover page from a Wolgadeutsche Volkslieder (Volga German Folk Songs) book by Georg Dinges published in Berlin in 1932.

Volga German Band in Chicago (1930s).
Source: George Valko.

Wind orchestra (Blasorchester)
in Nieder-Monjou.
Second from the left (back row) is David Müller, son of Heinrich Müller and Dorothea née Rüb.
Source: Katharina Dawydow.

Celebration of the "Saint's Name Day"
for Miguel Haag
in the Volga German settlement
of El Perdido
in Buenos Aires Province,
Argentina on 2 September 1900.
Photo courtesy of Elbio Simon.

Band of
Salem Congregational Church
in Scottsbluff, Nebraska (1929).
Source: Dave Peil.

Musicians in the colony of Degott: Valdin, Zacharias, Lorenz, & Johannes Eckel & Josef Schamber.
Source: Alexandr Vayhel.

Rohr Brothers' band in Mariental.
Source: Alexandr Vayhel.

Wind orchestra in Neu-Kolonie.
Source: João Vicente Akwa

Band in Katharinenstadt.
With the picture of Stalin, this photo
has to be from the Soviet Era.
Source: Nikolai Trautwein

Michael Geist
and his accordian
Ellis Co., Kansas (1943)
Source: FindAGrave.com