Co-sponsored by

The New England Music Institute


A Major Collection of Historic American Music!

Ideal for research,
teaching or general interest,
this DVD-ROM
is focused on two of the oldest choral traditions in America,
both still existing today in New England:

--Music from the Stoughton Musical Society, organized in 1786

--Music from the United Society of Shakers, organized in 1787


Research collected beginning in the 1970s
by the distinguished ethnomusicologist and musicologist
who has produced over 50 titles for PineTree Multimedia,
Roger Lee Hall,

The DVD-ROM contains a massive digitized collection:
with over 500 files
including historical publications,
sheet music, concert programs, and more.

Bonus features on the DVD-ROM:

-- 100 audio files with field interviews with singers and music examples.
--videos of cable television programs and concert highlights.


There are many premiere recordings of music on the DVD,
including the title hymn from the Civil War era:
"Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread"
words and music by Stephen C. Foster, 1863

These are the main folders on the DVD-ROM:

  • Biographical information

  • Picture galleries -- sheet music, concert programs and more

  • Recordings -- music albums

    01"Old Stoughton Musical Society Sampler" -
    music by William Billings, Jacob French, Stephen Foster, Charles Ives,
    E.A. Jones and other composers.

    Music ex: "Stoughton" music by William Billings, 1770
    text by Isaac Watts/ edited by Roger Lee Hall
    To listen to this music -- click here

    First verse:
    Lo, what a glorious sight appears
    To our believing eyes!
    The earth and seas are passed away,
    And the old rolling skies.

    02 "Musick in Old Boston" (1980) and "A Dedication Concert" (1981)

    03 "Simple Gifts of Shaker Music - A Recorded Legacy" -
    in-person interviews with Sister Mildred Barker and composer, Aaron Copland,
    and song arrangements by George and Gerry Armstrong, Bob Beers, Judy Collins,
    Aaron Copland, Bill Crofut, and Roger Lee Hall.

    Music ex: "Celestial Praises" - Shaker hymn, Canterbury, NH, 1841
    edited and arranged by Roger Lee Hall
    To listen to this arrangement -- click here

    Let all the new creation
    Their sweet hosannas sound,
    Celestial praises flow around,
    Celestial praises flow around,
    Celestial praises flow around,
    In one perpetual song.

    Sing praises to our Savior,
    Eternal praises sing;
    Rejoice ye saints in heavenly light,
    Rejoice ye saints in heavenly light,
    Rejoice ye saints in heavenly light,
    Let music sweetly ring.

    All shining worlds [before us]
    In heavenly order stand,
    Where [all God's children] gather round,
    Where [all God's children] gather round,
    Where [all God's children] gather round,
    United heart and hand.

    "Given by inspiration, Jan. 10, 1841, Canterbury, N. H."

    This hymn is also included on this CD:

    Celestial Praises (AMRC 0017)

  • Research -- historical publications

    01 - The Stoughton Musical Society
    (renamed The Old Stoughton Musical Society in 1908) -
    --E.A. Jones: His Life and Music
    --Music in Stoughton: A Brief Survey
    --Singing Stoughton
    --Ten Town Tunes: Music in Stoughton, 1770-1990
    --The Stoughton Songster
    --William Billings and The Stoughton Musical Society

    02 - The United Society of Shakers
    [aka: The United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing]
    --"Blended Together" - Discoveries Along The Shaker Music Trail
    --"Gentle Words" - Shaker Music in the 20th Century
    --"Mount Zion" - A Western Shaker Music Sampler
    --"Simple Gifts" - Elder Joseph Brackett's Shaker Dance Song

  • Videos (over 90 minutes) --

    01 "A Stoughton Musicfest" (cable TV program)

    02 "Old Stoughton and The Grand Constitution" (cable TV program)

    03 "A Celebration of Shaker Spirituals" (concert highlights)



This educational DVD-ROM
is ideal for musicians, historians,
classroom music or history teachers,
and for general interest.

Get your copy now at a special introductory price!


"Give Us This Day" -
Two Historic American Choral Music Traditions
Compiled and Edited by Roger Lee Hall

(PTM 1054)

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