Click the links for listening to music examples (for listening only):
+ = Premiere recording
I. War for Independence (American Revolution)
1. +"The Liberty Song" (1768, words by John Dickinson -
arr. by William A. Fisher) [a]
2. "British Grenadiers" and "Free America" - words by
Dr. Joseph Warren (1770)[b]
3. +"Father and I Went Down to Camp" (ca. 1776, words by Edward Bangs/
tune: "Yankee Doodle," arr. William A. Fisher) [a]
4. + "Chester" (William Billings - 1778 & 1786) [c + a with Paul Revere bell ]
5. +"The Lexington March" (tune: Yankke Doodle) [b]
6. +"Song of Thanksgiving" (tune: "Kittery" by William Billings)[a]
II. War of 1812
7. "The Star Spangled Banner" (tune: To Anacreon/ words: Francis Scott Key)[a]
8.+"Peace" (words: Esther Talbot, 1814/music: Roger Hall, 1981)[a]
III. The Civil War
"Dixie's Land" (or Dixie, 1859) - Daniel D. Emmett [d]
10. "Lincoln and Liberty"(1860) - campaign song [d]
11. "All Quiet Along The Potomac" (1861) - Mrs. Ethel Beers/W.H. Goodwin [d]
12. "The Bonnie Blue Flag"
(1861) - words; Harry McCarthy [d]
13. +"John Brown" and "Battle Hymn of the Republic" (1861-62) - original versions [a]
14. "Go Down, Moses" - Spiritual, ca. 1862 [e]
15. +"A Prayer For The Captive" - Sister Cecilia Devere [f]
"We Are Coming Father Abraam" (1862) - Stephen Foster [a]
17. "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" (1863) - Patrick Gilmore [d]
18. "Weeping, Sad and Lonely (When This Cruel War Is Over") -
words: Charles C. Sawyer/ music: Henry Tucker [d]
IV. World War I
19. +"Song of the Marching Men" from The New Earth cantata (1919) -
music by Henry Hadley [a]
20. +"Land of Our Hearts" (1918) (complete work)
words: John Hall Ingham/ music by George Whitefield Chadwick [a]
here to hear the finale of "Land of our Hearts"
Rave comments about this CD!
Lots of great music on it in some very catchy arrangements.
As a choral director, I really like the choral selections … and was very pleased to hear how the two versions of "Chester" were connected by the tolling of the bell. That was a very nice touch...thoroughly enjolyed the performances and the variety...a very nice CD.
--Bradford Conner, founding member of American Classics
It’s a good selection of varied American songs, some new to me and others familiar but with new settings. I most enjoy the selections by the OSMS, perhaps because they seem to me more “traditional,” so I’m glad you included them. “The Liberty Song” is a great opener, for example, and I like the John Brown/Battle Hymn combination. Most recordings by The Union Confederacy have a re-make quality that reminds me of some groups from the “folksong revival” of the 1960s. The CD’s different versions of the “Yankee Doodle” tune are fun to hear. The OSMS arrangement of “The Star-Spangled Banner” is quite interesting. I assume that is closer to the way it was sung originally. Good work all around!
-- Jim Wagner, record collector and concertgoer
"Land of Our Hearts"
by George W. Chadwick