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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 over an hour of Christmas musical treasures from two centuries of America's past.

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

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

 

Track titles:

I. Four Christmas Carols by Roger Lee Hall

1. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
2. Prepare The Royal Highway (Swedish and English)
3. He Whom Shepherds Once Came Praising
4. Carol For Christmas: Hail To The Joyous Day!

II. Christmas Carols From Colonial America

5. Boston -- music by William Billings (1778)
6. Christmas Eve radio special (1987) -- guest: Roger Lee 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 Christmas Hymn

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

IV. Popular American Christmas Carols and Songs

13. Christmas Eve radio special/ guest: Roger Lee Hall (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 -- Benjamin Hanby (1860)
18. I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day --
words: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow/music: Johnny Marks
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)
23. Heavenly Music -- words & music by Nelson Phillips (1853)/
edited by Roger Hall

V. Christmas Music At The Movies

24. Christmas Eve radio special (1991) --guest: Roger Lee Hall
25. IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (Finale) -- music by Dimitri Tiomkin


VI. Christmas Music From Our Time

26. The Prince Of Peace -- Shaker Christmas song
arranged by Roger Lee Hall, 1982
27. The Dark Night Is Ending -- Christmas carol
arranged by Roger Lee Hall, 1988
28. We Wish You A Merry Christmas


 

 

 

 





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Christmas Music in New England

CD: "New Bethlehem" - Christmas Music in New England

 

 

 

Recommended For Your Gift Giving!

 

American Christmas Classics (The Millennia Collection)

American Christmas Classics
(Beautifully illustrated hardcover book with 3 CD set)

 

 



A sampling of 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

 

 


 

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

 

 

American Music Recordings Collection

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

1957 Song Hits

Top Christmas Hit Songs

 

 


 

 

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"Joy to the World" -
Early New England Christmas Carol

New England Christmas Music

Red, White and Blue:
Christmas Hit Songs
by Gene, Bing and Elvis

The Story of
"Jingle Bells"

Top Christmas
Hit Songs

       
   

   
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