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CD: Christmas Music in America

 

Many people don't realize how many of the familiar Christmas carols and songs were written in the U.S.A.

Here is a CD with many Christmas musical treasures from two centuries of America's history.

It was compiled by composer, Roger Hall, who has included some of his own Christmas carols, as well as music recorded by various popular singers from several Christmas Eve radio specials.

This CD is for non-commercial use only and is available by donation to help support the preservation mission of this web site.

 

CD titles:

I. Four Christmas Carols - music by Roger Hall

1. O Come, O Come Emmanuel (1977)
2. Prepare The Royal Highway (Swedish and Englsih, 1978)
3. He Whom Shepherds Once Came Praising (1978)
4. Hail To The Joyous Day (1977)

II. Christmas Music from Early America

5. Boston -- music by William Billings (1778)
6. Christmas Eve radio special (1987) -- guest: Roger Hall
7. Judea -- words & music by William Billings (1778)
8. Bethlehem -- music by William Billings (1778)
9. Sherburne -- music by Daniel Read (1785)
10. Carol -- music by Supply Belcher (1794)
11. New Bethlehem -- music by Edward French (1799)

III. Shaker Hymn

12. While Once in Judah's Lovely Land -- Elder John Dunlavy (1815)

IV. Popular American Christmas Carols On Radio

13. Christmas Eve Radio Special (1987)
14. Joy to the World -- music by Lowell Mason (1848)
15. It Came Upon The Mountain Clear --
words: Edmund Sears/music: Richard Willis (1850)
16. We Three Kings Of Orient Are -- John Henry Hopkins (1857)
17. Up On The Housetop -- music by Benjamin R. Hanby (1860)
18. I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day -- Henry W. Lonfellow (1863)
19. O Little Town Of Bethlehem -- words: Rev. Phillips Brooks/
music: Lewis Redner (1868)
20. Christmas Eve Radio Special (1987)
21. Away In A Manger -- words & music by James R. Murray (1887)
22. A Christmas Carol -- words & music by Charles Ives (1894)

V. Christmas Music in Our Time

23. Heavenly Music - Nelson Phillips, 1853, ed. Roger Hall
24. Christmas Eve Radio Special (1987)
25.
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (Finale) -- soundtrack music
by Dimitri Tiomkin, 1946
26. The Prince Of Peace - Shaker song, arr. Roger Hall, 1982
27. The Dark Night Is Ending - arr. Roger Hall,1988

28. We Wish You A Merry Christmas -- arr. by A. Harris


 





The CD with music and radio commentary
is available for a donation of $20.00 or more
and with the CD you will also receive
the sheet music for

Three Christmas Carols:
Hail to the joyous day,The dark night is ending,
Celebrate, rejoice and sing!
(music by Roger Hall)

 

 

 

CD: "NEW BETHLEHEM" -
Christmas Music in New England

 

 

CD Titles:

I. Christmas Music From Colonial New England

1. JUDEA -- William Billings, Boston, Massachusetts, 1778

2. SHERBURNE -- Daniel Read, New Haven, Connecticut, 1785

3. CAROL --Supply Belcher, Farmington, Maine, 1794

4. NEW BETHLEHEM -- Edward French, Sharon, Massachusetts, 1799

5. ANTIOCH (Joy to the World) --Lowell Mason, Boston, Mass, 1848


II. Christmas Choir Music -- arranged by Roger Hall

6. Leaping and Dancing - Folk carol

7. Rise Up, Shepherds and Follow (Afro-American carol)

8. Natal Night (Shaker song)

9. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing - Bartholomew Brown

III. Christmas Concert (December, 1982)

10. Away in a Manger (2 versions):
a. William J. Kirkpatrick,1895
b. James Murray,1887

11. A Christmas Carol -- Charles Ives, Danbury, Connecticut, 1894

12. Silent Night -- English translation by John Freeman Young, 1859

IV. Christmas Eve Service (December, 1978 and 1979)

13. O Come, O Come Emmanuel -- arranged by Roger Hall

14. Prepare The Royal Highway (Swedish and English) --
arranged by Roger Hall

15. He Whom Shepherds Once Came Praising -- arr. by Roger Hall

V. Christmas Eve Radio Program (December, 1992)

16. Jingle Bells -- James Pierpont/ Regina music box

17. CONVERSATIONS (WBET-AM) - guest: Roger Hall

18. Jingle Bells -- Bing Crosby radio program

19. CONVERSATIONS (continued)

20. Carol For Christmas: Hail To The Joyous Day -- words: Royall Tyler, 1793/ music: Roger Hall,1977

21. A Christmas Song -- words: John Greenleaf Whittier/
music: Roger Hall, 1988

22. A Christmas Carol -- Charles Ives, 1894

23. CONVERSATIONS (concluded)

24. I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day -- words: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow/ music: Johnny Marks

 

"NEW BETHLEHEM" - Christmas Music in New England
(AMRC No. 0011)

This CD is for non-commercial use only and available for a donation of $15.00 or more to help support this website and includes "A Christmas Song" (music by Roger Hall).

 



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CDs with music from earlier America

 

An American Christmas

An American Christmas
(Carols, hymns and spirituals)

 

 

 

An American Christmas
(The Tudor Choir)

 

 

Christmas in Early America

Christmas in Early America --
18th Century Carols and Anthems
(The Columbus Consort)

 

 

 

 


Joy of Angels:
Shaker Music for Christmas and the New Year
(Soloists and The Sampler Chorus)

 

 

 

Wassail! Wassail! Early American Christmas Music

Wassail! Wassail!
Early American Christmas Music

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Music CD Box Sets

Two recommended box sets are available from Sony Classical
with 5 CDs each from popular Christmas albums,
originally released on Columbia, CBS Masterworks,
and RCA Victor Records between 1951 and 1983:

Carols For Christmas: Original Album Classics

5 CDs in this box set:

1. Lanza Sings Christmas Carols
Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Paul Baron
(CD Timing = 40:46)

2. Placido Domingo and The Vienna Choir Boys: Ave Maria
Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Helmuth Froschauer, conductor
(CD Timing = 46:19)

3. Eileen Farrell: Carols For Christmas
Orchestra and Chorus,
Luther Henderson, conductor
(CD Timing = 38:45)

4. The Joy of Christmas
with The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
New York Philharmonic
Leonard Bernstein, conductor
(CD Timing = 49:35)

5. The Many Moods of Christmas
Robert Shaw Chorale
RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra and Organ
Robert Shaw, conductor
(CD Timing = 47:11)

 

The Joy of Christmas: Original Album Classics

 

5 CDs in this box set:

1. Pops Christmas Party
Boston Pops
Arthur Fiedler, conductor
(CD Timing = 38:52)


2. A Festival of Carols in Brass
Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
(CD Timing = 41:05)

 

3. Gian-Carlo Menotti: Amahl and The Night Visitors
Original Cast of NBC Telecast
(CD Timing = 46:26)

4. The Glorious Sound of Christmas
Temple University Concert Choir
Philadelphia Orchestra
Eugene Ormandy, conductor
(CD Timing = 42:23)

 

5. Christmas With Marilyn Horne
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Jerold Ottley, conductor
(CD Timing = 45:45

 

Bing Crosby - Christmas Treasures

2CDs: Bing Crosby - The Voice of Christmas

 

 

White Christmas

Bing Crosby - White Christmas

 

 

Bravo, Bing!

 

Mario Lanza - America's Caruso

Order this CD and spend an enjoyable hour listening to...

Christmas with Mario Lanza

 

 

To Wish You a Merry Christmas

To Wish You A Merry Christmas (Harry Belafonte)

 

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas [from Meet Me In St. Louis]

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Judy Garland)

 

 

 

I'll Be Home For Christmas

I'll Be Home For Christmas (Johnny Mathis)

 

 

 

Time-Life Music: Treasury of Christmas - Holiday Memories

Time-Life Music: Treasury of Christmas - Holiday Memories

 

 

 

Christmas Classic Film Musicals on DVD

 

Holiday Inn (Special Edition)

 

HOLIDAY INN (1942) -
Highest recommendation for this great release!

 

 

 

White Christmas (Anniversary Edition)

WHITE CHRISTMAS (1954)

 

 

Related American Music Preservation Links

 


RED, WHITE and BLUE: Christmas Hit Songs by Gene, Bing and Elvis

Christmas Music in New England

Film In Focus: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (music by Dimitri Tiomkin)

Joy of Angels: Shaker Spirituals for Christmas and The New Year

Top Christmas Hit Songs

 

 


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