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"Lincoln and Liberty"

It is not generally known that Abraham Lincoln was a devoted music lover throughout his life and someone who enjoyed all kinds of music, including rousing minstrel songs, sentimental ballads, patriotic tunes, and Grand Opera (Lincoln's favorite, "The Soldier's Chorus," from Gounod's FAUST).

Lincoln's favorite song of the Civil War era was "Dixie," ironically the rallying anthem of the South but composed by Northern songwriter, Daniel D. Emmett before the Civil War began.

Originally published as a book in 2009 for the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial, this new edition has been issued om a multi-media CD-ROM the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

This multimedia CD-ROM, "Lincoln and Liberty" - Music From Abraham Lincoln's Life, compiled and edited by musicologist, Roger Lee Hall, contains a great deal of information about Abraham Lincoln and music of his era.

The 64 page Listener's Guide is included on the CD-ROM playable on any computer with Micosoft Word.

Accompanying the Listener's Guide is a specially prepared music album with 24 songs and hymns from the American Music Recordings Collection, which contains over one hour of music written and popular during Abraham Lincoln's era by songwriters: Daniel D. Emmett, Stephen C. Foster,
Patrick Gilmore and others.
The music is performed by various performing ensembles from original published sheet music and music arrangements.

Excerpt quote from the Listener's Guide:

Black men assembled in "rejoicing meetings" all over the land on the last night of December 1862, waiting for the stroke of midnight to bring freedom to those states in the secessionist states. At the contaband camp [for runaway slaves] in Washington., D.C., the assembled blacks sang over and over again: "Go down, Moses...Let my people go."
-- Eileen Southern, The Music of Black Americans: A History, page 236

Song Correction:

The words to the popular campaign song for Abraham Lincoln in 1860 was titled, "Lincoln and Liberty." The words have been atrributed in many places to Jesse Hutchinson Jr., but since he died in 1853, he could not have written these words. The words probably were written by the compiler of the Republican Campiagn Songster of 1860, where the words to "Linoln and Liberty" are included. The compiler's name is William H. Burleigh.



The titles on the "Lincoln and Liberty" music album




I. The Early Years

[Portrait of Francis Scott Key]

1. The Star-Spangled Banner --
words by Frances Scott Key, 1814/
music: To Anacreon (1860 arrangement)

2. Hail! Columbia -- words by Joseph Hopkinson/
music: The President's March by Philip Phile


II. Lincoln in New Salem

3. Home! Sweet Home! -- words: John Howard Payne/
music: Henry R. Bishop, 1823

III. Lincoln: The Lawyer and Legislator

4. Emancipation Song: Get Off The Track --words: Jesse Hutchinson, 1844/
tune: Old Dan Tucker by Daniel D. Emmett

5. Gentle Annie -- words and music by Stephen C. Foster, 1856


IV. Lincoln: The 16th U.S. President and Stephen Foster Hymns


[Portrait of Stephen C. Foster]

6. Lincoln and Liberty --
words: William H. Burleigh/ tune: Rosin the Bow
(Lincoln's Campaign Song, 1860)

Hymn: +The Pure, The Bright, The Beautiful --
music by Stephen C. Foster, 1863

8. Hymn: +Over The River -- words: H.C./
music: Stephen C. Foster,1863

9. Hymn: +What Shall The Harvest Be? -- words: Emily Sullivan Oakey/ music: Stephen C. Foster, 1863

10. Hymn: +Choral Harp -- words: William R. Wallace/ music: Stephen C. Foster

11. Hymn: +Give Us This Day -- words & music by Stephen C. Foster, 1863

V. The Civil War Decade

12. Dixie's Land (Dixie) --
Daniel Decatur Emmett, 1859

13. The Bonnie Blue Flag -- words: Harry McCarthy, 1861/
music: The Irish Jaunting Car

14. Go Down, Moses -- Afro-American spiritual
(sung when the Emancipation Proclamation was announced)

15. A Prayer For The Captive -- Shaker pacifist hymn by Cecilia DeVere
(sung by the Shakers on the day of Lincoln's funeral)

a. +John Brown (aka: John Brown's Body) -- 1861
b. +Battle Hymn of the Republic -- words by Julia Ward Howe, 1862
(original versions)

17. Cumberland Gap, 1862

18. We Are Coming, Father Abraam -- Stephen C. Foster, 1862

19. Willie Has Gone To The War -- Stephen C. Foster, 1863

20. Lorena -- words: Rev. H.D.L. Webster/ music: J.P. Webster, 1857

21. All Quiet Along the Potomac -- words: Mrs. Ethel L. Beers/
music: W.H. Goodwin, 1861

22. When Johnny Comes Marching Home -- Patrick S. Gilmore, 1863

23. Weeping, Sad and Lonely (When This Cruel Is Over) --
words: Charles Carroll Sawyer/ music: Henry Tucker, 1862

24. +Hymn of Peace (aka: Angel of Peace) --
words by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr, 1869
music: "American Hymn" by Matthias Keller
(sung at the National Peace Jubilee in Boston
in commemoration of the end of the Civil War)

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"Lincoln and Liberty" - Music From Abraham Lincoln's Era

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Living History Music Program

As part of the Living History Series, on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at the Noble & Cooley Center for Historic Preservation Museum in Granville, Massachusetts, Liz Smith introduced Roger Lee Hall, a music preservationist and composer, and author of the book,
Lincoln and Liberty: Music From Abraham Lincoln's Era

Mr. Hall presented a patriotic music program focused on music and pictures from Abraham Lincoln’s years as the U.S. President and featured some well known songs from the Civil War era.

There was also a display of Mr. Hall's CDs, DVDs and books...   

Would you like to schedule a music program for your organization
about the music of Abraham Lincoln's life, especially during the Civil War years? The illustrated lecture includes song favorites of Lincoln with recorded music examples and live singing with the audience of familiar songs.

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"Lincoln and Liberty"




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"Glory, Hallelujah" - Songs and Hymns of the Civil War Era
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Songs and Hymns of the Civil War Era


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A Few Recommended CDs
In Tribute To Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln in Song -- Chris Vallillo


Abraham Lincoln Sings On! -- Douglas Jimmerson


Lincoln's Favorite Music -- Douglas Jimmerson



Read Roger Hall's review at this link to Amazon.com --

Music for Abraham Lincoln -- Anne and Ridley Enslow and Friends
with Jacqueline Schwab, piano



Related AMP Links


American Music Recordings Collection (AMRC)

"Angel of Peace" - The Boston Peace Jubilees

Essential American Recordings Survey (EARS)

"Glory, Hallelujah": Songs and Hymns of the Civil War Era

Music in Old Boston

Preserving American Music Series (PAMS)

Stoughton Music Series

Store - Books and CDs For Sale

music by John Williams
(CD review)


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