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The New England Harmony:
Six Early Composers

 

What is not generally known is that much of the first original choral music in the U.S. originated with New England composers who often titled their music books with titles such as "The Continental Harmony" (W. Billings) or "The Harmony of Harmony" (J. French).

Their tunes followed certain music types based on English and Scottish models, such as fuging tunes, occasional tunes, psalm tunes, hymn tunes and anthems.

This special CD collection contains choral music by six 18th century New England composers: William Billings, Jacob French, Daniel Read, Jeremiah Ingalls, Oliver Holden, and Timothy Swan. Many of these tunes have been performed by the Old Stoughton Musical Society Chorus, the oldest singing society in the U.S., founded in 1786.

The music was compiled by Roger Lee Hall.

Many of these tunes are found in

Stoughton Musical Society's Centennial Collection of Sacred Music (Boston, 1878/ Reprint, 1980)

Here are the music tracks on the CD:

William Billings, 1746-1800

1. +CHESTER (1770 and 1786)
2. BOSTON (1778)
3. +MAJESTY (1778)
4. +DAVID'S LAMENTATION (1778)
5. CHARITY ANTHEM (1781)
6. WHEN JESUS WEPT (1770)
7. KITTERY (1778)
8. +EASTER ANTHEM (1787) - instrumental accompaniment

Jacob French, 1754-1817

9. MONMOUTH (1793)
10. +THE HEAVENLY VISION (1786)
11. DORMANT (1802)

 

Daniel Read, 1757-1836

12. NORWALK (1785)
13. MORTALITY (1785)
14. +SHERBURNE (1785)
15. AMITY (1793)
16. RUSSIA (1793)
17. +VICTORY (1793)
18. WINDHAM (1793)
19. +GREENWICH (1793)

Jeremiah Ingalls, 1764-1838

20. +NORTHFIELD (1801)
21. THE YOUNG CONVERT (1805)

Oliver Holden, 1765-1844

22. +CONFIDENCE
23. +CORONATION (1792)

 

Timothy Swan, 1757-1842

24. +CHINA (1801)

Bonus Track:

25. William Billings: CHESTER (1778) - one of the most popular tunes during the American Revolution. This version is with instrumental accompaniment.

+ = Old Stoughton Music Society favorites

 

 

 

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The New England Harmony:
Six Early Composers

(AMRC No. 5)


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A multimedia DVD is also available...

"Millennial Praise" - Singing New Englanders:
From The Pilgrims to The Shakers


See also these resource discs:

CDs

America in Song, Vol. 1 (1768-1918)

American Music Recordings Collection

Christmas Music in New England

A Dedication Concert

Musick in Old Boston Concert

New England Choral Sampler

Multimedia DVDs

"Land of Our Hearts": A New England Miscellany

"Old Stoughton": Singing Meetings and Concerts

 

 

 


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