A CD to enjoy all year round!



"Hail To The Joyous Day" -
Christmas Music in America
(AMRC 0034)

Over one hour of American Christmas carols and songs
highlighting the years from 1778 to 1988
by 12 American composers.

Here are the track titles:

1. BOSTON - William Billings,1778
2. JUDEA - William Billings, 1778
3. SHERBURNE - Daniel Read, 1785
4. CAROL - Supply Belcher, 1794
5. NEW BETHLEHEM - Edward French, 1799
Bartholomew Brown, arr. Roger Hall
7. LEAPING AND DANCING - folk carol, arr. Roger Hall
8. RISE UP, SHEPHERDS - Negro spiritual, arr. Roger Hall
9. JOY TO THE WORLD - Lowell Mason, 1848
10. IT CAME UPON THE MIDNIGHT CLEAR - Richard Willis, 1850
11. THE PRINCE OF PEACE - Shaker folk carol, arr. Roger Hall
12. AWAY IN A MANGER - William J. Kirkpatrick
& James R. Murray, ed. by Roger Hall
13. A CHRISTMAS CAROL - Charles Ives, 1894
14. SILENT NIGHT - trans. Rev. J. F. Young, ca. 1859
15. NOEL CHORALE - George W. Chadwick, 1909
16. O COME, O COME EMMANUEL - arr. Roger Hall, 1977
17. PREPARE THE ROYAL HIGHWAY - arr. Roger Hall, 1978
18. SHEPHERDS CAROL - arr. Roger Hall,1978
19. THE PRINCE OF PEACE - arr. Roger Hall, 1988
20. HAIL TO THE JOYOUS DAY - music by Roger Hall, 1977

Here are the first two verses of the poem
by American jurist and playwright,
Royall Tyler (1757-1826), performed by
the Immanuel Lutheran Church Choir,
on Christmas Eve, 1977:

Hail to the joyous day,
On which our Lord was born,
Life high the vocal lay,
And sing the blissful morn.
Your voices raise!
To hail the morn
On which was born
The Lord of grace.

That sun which cheers the plains,
The seasons as they move,
Rich dews and fertile rains,
All prove his sovereign love.
Your voices raise!
To him who cheers
The fruitful years,
Be grateful praise!

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