Lydia Goehr, Columbia University, New York
"Choral Fantasies is a penetrating study of the intricate workings of collective singing within the machinations of cultural nationalism in the nineteenth century. Minor draws up a carefully crafted and historically iridescent picture of changing notions of nationhood, the community and its charismatic leaders, from the cautious stirrings at the beginning of the century to the ebullient Hurrapatriotismus of the Bismarck years. With his sensitive musical observations and incisive reflections on historiography, Minor offers fascinating insights into the cultural work that choral music and choral singing performed in the nineteenth century."
Alex Rehding, Fanny Peabody Professor of Music, Harvard University, Massachusetts
"Minor offers fresh approaches to several neglected choral works by major nineteenth-century composers (Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Wagner, and Brahms) written for German cultural festivals."
"With admirable deftness, and an avoidance of the sociological or musicological jargon so often attendant upon such studies, Minor sketches a long-term shift in culture and class ..."
R. J. Arnold, European History Quarterly