"Lincoln and Liberty"


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

Lincoln and Liberty - Music Program

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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.

First published in 2009 for the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth, and titled, "Lincoln and Liberty" - Music From Abraham Lincoln's Life, this DVD-R was written and compiled by musicologist, Roger Lee Hall. It has been expanded for the 2nd edition with the hymn composed for and sung at Lincoln's funeral in 1865.

The Listener's Guide is included on the DVD-R playable on any computer with Micosoft Word program installed.

Accompanying the Listener's Guide is a specially prepared music album with 24 songs and hymns from the American Music Recordings Archive.

Also on the DVD-R is an "In Concert" cable television program with rarely heard hymns by Stephen Foster composed during the Civil War years, performed by the Old Stoughton Musical Society, America's oldest choral society.

Sample 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."


The titles on the "Lincoln and Liberty" music album
with 8 Premiere Recordings!


Click links to listen to
a few samples:

No. 14: "Go Down, Moses"

No. 16: "John Brown" &
"Battle Hymn of the Republic"

© American Music Recordings Collection


I. The Early Years

1. +Barbara Allen -- folk ballad, arr. by F. William Kempf, ed. by Roger Lee Hall
(a favorite of Lincoln's mother)

2. Hail! Columbia -- words by Joseph Hopkinson/
music: The President's March by Philip Phile
(patriotic song first sung when John Adams was U.S. President in 1798)


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: attrib. to 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)

+John Brown (aka: John Brown's Body, 1861) and
Battle Hymn of the Republic -- words by Julia Ward Howe, 1862
(from Father Kemp's Old Folks Concert Tunes)

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)


+ = Premiere Recording



This music album is available separately on a CD-R (AMRC 0012).
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"Lincoln and Liberty" - Music From Abraham Lincoln's Era
by Roger Lee Hall
(PineTree Press, 2nd ed, 2015)

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with Listener's Guide,
album with over an hour of music,
Civil War sheet music gallery,
a Lincoln portrait gallery,
also a cable television video program
with World Premiere performances of hymns by Stephen Foster
performed by the Old Stoughton Musical Society,
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Music Program


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

Mr. Hall presented an illustrated music program with singing, focused on music 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...   


Illustrated Music Program

Would you like to schedule a PowerPoint music program for your organization
about the music of Abraham Lincoln's time 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.

Write Mr. Hall for more details and his fee to:

"Lincoln and Liberty"





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



Funeral Hymn for President Abraham Lincoln








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A multi-media DVD-R
with sheet music, music examples and two video programs
Music From The Eras of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln

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Music From Washington and Lincoln Eras


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Abraham Lincoln in Song -- Chris Vallillo


Abraham Lincoln Sings On! -- Douglas Jimmerson


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Stoughton Music Series

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