Vol. 1: "A Toast"
Music of George Washington's Time
This collection includes historical information, sheet music, music albums and video programs.
The sheet music is from the collection, The Music That Washington Knew, containing songs, instrumental music and dances popular during Washington's Time, including historical background.
The music album was recorded at several live concerts performed by soloists and chorus from the Old Stoughton Musical Society, including a 1982 concert celebrating the 250th anniversaries of the births of Austrian composer, Franz Joseph Haydn, and U.S. President,
George Washington; and concerts celebrating the bicentennial of U.S. Constitution in 1987, and bicentennial of the Inauguration of First U.S. President in 1989.
Also on the DVD disc is a half hour video program titled:
"OLD STOUGHTON AND THE GRAND CONSTITUTION"
It includes a one act historical play about the writing of the oldest constitution of any musical organization in the USA -- for the Stoughton Musical Society, written just two weeks after the U.S. Constitution in 1787. The video includes music of that time by William Billings, Alexander Reinagle and others.
It was videotaped at the 200th anniversary program in 1987.
Music album titles (click links for streaming samples):
1. +The Liberty Song -- words: John Dickinson, 1768/
2. +Father and I Went Down to Camp -- tune: YANKEE DOODLE
3. Chester-- words & music by William Billings, 1778
4. +Welcome, Mighty Chief, Once More --
music: "See the Conquering Hero Comes" by G. F. Handel
5. A Toast (for General George Washington) --Francis Hopkinson, 1778
6. Beneath a Weeping Willow's Shade --
Francis Hopkinson, 1788
7. My Days Have Been So Wondrous Free --
Francis Hopkinson, 1759
8. +Norah, Dear Norah -- William Shields, 1783
(Washington's favorite English opera)
9. +The Way-Worn Traveler -- Samuel Arnold, 1793
10. Excerpt from 1982 Concert Address by Roger Hall
11. Tenor Recitative & Chorus from THE CREATION
Franz Joseph Haydn
12. +Thanksgiving -- music by William Billings, 1778
13. Ode to President George Washington, 1789
14. Excerpt from 1982 Concert Address by Roger Hall
15. New Jerusalem -- Jeremiah Ingalls, 1796
16. +The Dove -- Samuel Capen, 1805
17. +New Bethlehem -- Edward French, 1799
18. +Mount Vernon -- Oliver Holden, 1800
19. +Dedication -- words: William Billings, 1794/
music: Roger Hall, 1986
20.+The Grand Constitution - from the one act play
about the United States and Stoughton Musical Society's Constitutions in 1787
21. The Federal March (excerpt) -- Alexander Reinagle
22. +U.S. Constitution Ballad: The 'Vention Did In Boston Meet
tune: "Yankee Doodle," 1788
23. The Grand Constitution (finale of one act play, 1987)
24. +Ode to President George Washington (reprise) --
tune: "God Save The King"/ words: Samuel Low
(sung at the First U.S. Presidential Inauguration in New York City in 1789)
Here is the first verse by Samuel Low:
Hail! Godlike Washington!
Fair Freedom's chosen son,
Born to command:
While this great globe shall roll,
deeds from pole to pole,
Shall shake Columbia's soul
+ = Premiere Recording = 12
Nos. 1 - 4 = edited and arranged by William Arms Fisher,
The Music That Washington Knew
Nos. 12-13, 22-24 = edited and arranged by Roger Lee Hall
Available separately is the CD (AMRC 0011),
"Music of George Washington's Time,"
with the music album listed above -- CLICK HERE
For more about America's oldest existing choral society,
organized in 1786
during Washington's lifetime -- CLICK HERE
Vol 2: "Lincoln and Liberty"
Music of Abraham Lincoln's Era
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 and Liberty" - Music From Abraham Lincoln's Era, was compiled and edited by musicologist, Roger Lee Hall, and contains a great deal of information about Abraham Lincoln and music of his era.
Also included on the DVD is a half hour video program:
IN CONCERT: Civil War Sunday School Hymns by Stephen Foster
with a rehearsal and first concert performances of several Foster hymns, performed by the Old Stoughton Musical Society Chorus, under the direction of Earl Eyrich.
Accompanying the Listener's Guide is a specially prepared music album with 24 songs and hymns from the American Music Recordings Collection,
with 8 Premiere Recordings, and with over one hour of music
written and popular during Abraham Lincoln's era. The music is performed by various performers, including The Old Stoughton Musical Society Chorus, The Union Confederacy, pianist Margaret Ulmer and Eric Sosman, bass-baritone, performed mostly from original published sheet music.
Music album titles (click links for streaming samples):
1. The Star-Spangled Banner -- 1860 choral arrangement
2. Hail! Columbia -- words by Joseph Hopkinson/
music: The President's March by Philip Phile
3. Home! Sweet Home! -- words: John Howard Payne/
music: Henry R. Bishop, 1823
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
6. Lincoln and Liberty --
words: William H. Burleigh/ tune: Rosin the Bow
(Lincoln's Campaign Song, 1860)
7. 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
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 (original versions)
17. Cumberland Gap, 1862
18. We Are Coming, Father Abraam -- Stephen C. Foster, 1862
19. Lorena -- words: Rev. H.D.L. Webster/ music: J.P. Webster, 1857
20. All Quiet Along the Potomac -- words: Mrs. Ethel L. Beers/
music: W.H. Goodwin, 1861
21. When Johnny Comes Marching Home -- Patrick S. Gilmore, 1863
22. Weeping, Sad and Lonely (When This Cruel Is Over) --
words: Charles Carroll Sawyer/ music: Henry Tucker, 1862
23. *+Funeral March for Abraham Lincoln
music by Mrs. E.A. Parkhurst, 1865
24.*Farewell Father, Friend and Guardian
words: L.M. Dawn/ music: George F. Root, 1865
(sung at Lincoln's funeral in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois)
+ = Premiere Recording = 8
* = included on the DVD-ROM only
Available separately is the CD (AMRC 0012), "Lincoln and Liberty,"
with 24 titles,
including "Willie Has Gone to the War" (music by Stephen Foster) --
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Music From The Eras of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln
compiled by Roger Lee Hall (PTM 1009)
Volume 1: "A Toast" - Music of George Washington's Time
Volume 2: "Lincoln and Liberty" - Music of Abraham Lincoln's Era
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Songs and Hymns of the Civil War Era
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