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New England Music Archive

 

The New England Music Archive (or NEMA) is a large private library of recordings and resources intended to help preserve rare and historical vocal music from New England's past.

The aim is to make available rare music and related information for educational use, for research, performance, and recordings.

The NEMA Director is Roger Lee Hall.

For questions or comments write to:

New England Music Archive

 

 

Contents

America's Oldest Choral Society

Civil War Songs and Hymns

Patrick Gilmore and the Great National Peace Jubilee

Massachusetts Composers

New England Music CDs

New England Music DVDs

New England Music Series

Lectures and Workshops

Shaker music archive

 

 

 

America's Oldest Choral Society

 

The Old Stoughton Musical Society,
founded in 1786

 

 

Civil War Music

CD/DVD: "GLORY, HALLELUJAH" -
Songs and Hymns of the Civil War Era

 

 

 

Great National Peace Jubilee
(1869)

 

 

This five day music festival was organized by bandleader, Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore, to commemorate the end of the Civil War, and U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant attended the opening ceremonies.

The Peace Jubilee featured a band and orchestra of about 1,000 musicians plus soloists and members from 103 choral groups totaling over 10,000 singers, with several huge cannons used as sound effects for some of the music. It was one of the first and best known "monster concerts"

Read more at

The Boston Peace Jubilees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




"Angel of Peace" -
The Boston Peace Jubilees

by Roger Lee Hall

This is the text:

Angel of Peace, thou hast wandered too long!
Spread thy white wings to the sunshine of love!
Come while our voices are blended in song
Fly to our ark like the storm-beaten dove!
Fly to our ark on the wings of the dove,
Speed o’er the far-sounding billows of song,
Crowned with thine olive-leaf garland of love;
Angel of Peace, thou hast waited too long!

Joyous we meet, on this altar of thine
Mingling the gifts we have gathered for thee,
Sweet with the odors of myrtle and pine,
Breeze of the prairie and breath of the sea,--
Meadow and mountain and forest and sea!
Sweet is the fragrance of myrtle and pine,
Sweeter the incense we offer to thee,
Brothers once more round this altar of thine!

Angels of Bethlehem, answer the strain!
Hark! a new birth-song is filling the sky!--
Loud as the storm-wind that tumbles the main
Bid the full breath of the organ reply,--
Let the loud tempest of voices reply,--
Roll its long surge like the-earth-shaking main!
Swell the vast song till it mounts to the sky!
Angels of Bethlehem, echo the strain!

-- written for the National Peace Jubilee
by Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. (1808-1894)


The first recording of this hymn is included on this DVD:

"Angel of Peace" - The Boston Jubilees


 

Massachusetts Composers

 

Composers Born in Massachusetts before 1920

 

New England Composer Series No. 2:
George Whitefield Chadwick

 

New England Composer Series No. 1:
Edwin Arthur Jones

 

 

 

New England Song Series

No. 1:
BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC and JOHN BROWN
(Glory, Hallelujah)

No. 2:
GOIN' HOME
(Dvorak's Largo theme)

No. 3:
ONE HORSE OPEN SLEIGH
(Jingle Bells)

No. 4:
SIMPLE GIFTS
('Tis the gift to be simple)

No. 5:
SONG OF THE OLD FOLKS
(Auld Lang Syne)

No. 6:
FATHER AND I WENT DOWN TO CAMP
(Yankee Doodle)

 

New England Music CDs

 

The New England Harmony:
Six Early Composers: Billings, French, Read, Ingalls, Holden, Swan

Best of William Billings

"Chester" - Music in Old New England, 1778 - 1878

"New Bethlehem" - Christmas Music in New England

"A Dedication Concert"

"Musick in Old Boston" Concert

Four New England Composers:
Dudley Buck, Edwin A. Jones, Charles E. Ives, George W. Chadwick

Gentle Words - A Shaker Music Sampler


 

 

New England Music DVDs




A New England Music Miscellany

 

"OLD STOUGHTON" -
Singing Meetings and Concerts, 1762-1962

 

 


Singing New Englanders:
From The Pilgrims to The Shakers

 

 

Lectures and Workshops

 

New England music programs listed at

Lectures and Workshops

 

Music from early New England is listed on the

American Music Timeline

 

 

 


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