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An Important New Release!

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

Music from earlier America, especially vocal music, has been neglected for far too long.

Now available on a multimedia DVD is much useful information about singing in America from the 17th to early 20th centuries.

The DVD was compiled and edited by music preservationist and composer, Roger Lee Hall, Director of the American Music Recordings Archive (AMRA).

This DVD is ideal for research and for teaching American history or music, for concert performance, or for general historical interest.

The DVD contains an image gallery of sheet music and historical pictures and information, plus a 150 page illustrated Listener's Guide with the lyrics and background notes for the 30 selections on the music album. At the back of the Guide is an extensive list of singing meetings and concerts by two musical socieites, one of them now the oldest in the United States, The (Old) Stoughton Musical Society, founded in 1786.

As a bonus feature, there is a one hour video titled, A STOUGHTON MUSICFEST - A Celebration of Local Composers and Musicians. Included on this program is a re-creation of a typical early New England singing school for young people, taught by America's first important composer, William Billings of Boston. For this re-creation, Billings is portrayed by popular local actor, Skip Maloney. The host for the program is local radio personality Marion Wroble. There are also performances by singers from The Old Stoughton Musical Society, elementary school chorus, and a high school instrumental ensemble.

The music album has these examples illustrating important aspects of America's cultural history:

  • psalms of The Pilgrims and The Puritans (Nos. 1- 3)
  • hymn sung by Narragansett Indians (Nos. 6)
  • music of the American Revolution (Nos. 7-11)
  • music by early New England singing masters (Nos. 12 -16)
  • poems from the War of 1812 (Nos. 18-19)
  • two Civil War era texts set to the same tune (No. 21)
  • hymn for National Peace Jubilee held in Boston (No. 24)
  • holiday music for Easter (no. 26) and Christmas (no. 27)
  • Shaker spirituals (Nos. 29-30)


Here is a sample audio file
Real Audio


Music album:

I. Pilgrims, Puritans, and Reformer

1. Pilgrims: PSALM 8 - Ainsworth Psalter, 1612/tune: OLD 124th
2. Pilgrims: PSALM 100 - Ainsworth Psalter, 1612/tune: OLD 100th
3. Puritans: PSALM 23 - Bay Psalm Book, 1698/ LOW DUTCH TUNE
4. +Reformer: 100 PSALM NEW - tune: Rev. John Tufts, ca. 1720

II. Pirates and Native Peoples

5. CAPTAIN KIDD – undated ballad
6. +NARRAGANSETT INDIAN HYMN – Thomas Cummock, 1845

III. The Fight for Independence

7. THE LIBERTY SONG – words: John Dickinson, 1768/ tune: HEART OF OAK
8. FREE AMERICA – words: Dr. Joseph Warren/tune: BRITISH GRENADIERS
10. CHESTER – words and music: William Billings, 1770/ 1778/ +1786
11. +THANKSGIVING – Unknown author/ tune: KITTERY

IV. Singing Masters

12. +THE BIRD – music: William Billings, 1790
13. +VICTORY – music: Daniel Read, 1793
14. +JUBILANT – music: Supply Belcher, 1794
15. NEW JERUSALEM – music: Jeremiah Ingalls, 1796
16. +DORMANT – music: Jacob French, 1802

V. Federalism Song

17. ADAMS AND LIBERTY – poem: Thomas Robert Treat Paine, 1798/ tune: TO ANACREON -
composed in honor of Second U.S. President, John Adams

VI. The War of 1812

18. +THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER – poem: Francis Scott Key, 1814/ tune: TO ANACREON
- from 19th century tunebook published in Boston
19. +PEACE – poem: Esther Talbot, 1814/tune: R.L. Hall, 1981

VII. Sentimental Voices and the Civil War Era

20.+SONG OF THE OLD FOLKS (tune: AULD LANG SYNE) - words: Albert Laighton, 1855
21.+ a. JOHN BROWN - tune: Glory, Hallelujah, 1861 b. BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC, 1862
22. GO DOWN, MOSES -- Afro-American Spiritual, about 1861
23. +GIVE US THIS DAY - words and music: Stephen Foster, 1863
24. +ANGEL OF PEACE – poem: Oliver Wendell Holmes -
written for National Peace Jubilee in Boston, 1869/ tune: AMERICAN HYMN by Matthias Keller

VIII. The Gilded Age

25. +HOW BEAUTIFUL UPON THE MOUNTAINS – music: Edwin Arthur Jones, 1881
26. +EASTER CAROL – music: Charles E. Ives, 1892

IX. Early 20th Century and World War I

27. +CHRISTMAS CHORALE -- music: George Whitefield Chadwick, 1909
28. +SONG OF THE MARCHING MEN – music: Henry Hadley, 1919

X. Shaker Spirituals

29. +Dance Song: SIMPLE GIFTS – Elder Joseph Brackett, 1848
30. +Anthem: MILLENNIAL PRAISE – Elder James G. Russell, 1883


+ = First recording - 20 titles





"Millennial Praise"
Singing New Englanders:
From The Pilgrims To The Shakers


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