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"Make A Joyful Noise":
The New England Harmony

 

What is believed to be among the earliest original choral music in the U.S. originated with New England composers, known as The First New England School in the late 18th century.

They often titled their music collections with "Harmony" in the title, such as:
"The Continental Harmony" (William Billings), "The Harmony of Harmony" (Jacob French),
and "The Harmony of Maine" (Supply Belcher).

Their tunes followed certain music forms 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 18th century New England composers: Supply Belcher, 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, during the same era when these tunes were composed.

The music on the CD was compiled by Roger Lee Hall, Director of the New England Music Archive (NEMA).

 

Many of these tunes are found in

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

Here are the music titles on the CD:

 

Supply Belcher, 1751-1836

1. +MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE (1794)

William Billings, 1746-1800

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

Edward French, 1761-1845

10. NEW BETHLEHEM (1799)

Jacob French, 1754-1817

11. THE HEAVENLY VISION (1786)
12. DORMANT (1802)

 

Daniel Read, 1757-1836


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

 

Commemorative monument in Newbury, Vermont

Jeremiah Ingalls, 1764-1838

21. NORTHFIELD (1801)
22. THE YOUNG CONVERT (1805)

Oliver Holden, 1765-1844

23. +CONFIDENCE
24. +CORONATION (1792)

 

 

Timothy Swan, 1758-1842

25. CHINA (1790) - "Why should we mourn departing friends"

 

+ = Old Stoughton Music Society Chorus

 

 

 

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"Make A Joyful Noise"
The New England Harmony

(AMRC 0004)


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A multi-media 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 (1759-1859)

American Music Recordings Collection

Christmas Music in New England

A Dedication Concert

"The Liberty Song" - Early American Song Treasury

Musick in Old Boston Concert

New England Choral Sampler

Multi-media DVDs

"Dedication" - Singing in Stoughton, 1762-1987

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

 

 

 


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