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Celestial Praises - A Celebration of Shaker Spirituals


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Composer Information

Roger Lee Hall's music career began with songwriting during the 1960s. During that time he began studies in piano and composition with Benjamin Hey Hissem, a highly accomplished teacher and musician.

In 1967, Roger was awarded a certificate with honors in music theory from Trinity College of Music in London, England.  

Two years later, he began composition studies at Rutgers University with Robert Nagel and George Walker  -- the first African-American composer to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 1996 .   Roger received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music theory and composition from Rutgers University in 1970. He composed his first compositions while a composition student (Op. 1a, 2, 3).

Two years later he received a Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology from Binghamton University in New York.  His thesis was titled: "The Shaker Letteral System: A Practical Approach to Music Notation." He also composed a set of piano variations on a Shaker marching tune (Op. 1b) and "Tricinium" for flute, oboe and basson (Op. 6).

He continued his Shaker music focus when he did his Ph.D. studies at
Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. His compositions there include: "Requiem Canon: In Memory of Benjamin Britten" (Op. 7).

In 1980, he had a consultation session with the distinguished composer, Aaron Copland, who complimented him on his arrangements of two Shaker songs: "Gentle Words" and "Love is Little" (Op. 8)

In 1985, Roger became a member of ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers).

One year later, he formed PINETREE PRODUCTIONS, a professional educational service , providing music books, CDs and DVDs, music lectures and workshops.

Among his over 200 works (some of them unpublished) are two sets of piano variations, works for chamber ensembles, many solo songs and choral works, also numerous vocal arrangements.

In 1988, he composed a song in Russian, "A Gift Song" (Op. 18a) for the Sharing A New Song in Boston for their Russian tour to commemorate the millennium of the Russian Orthodox Church. The premiere of this song in Russia was the first time an American work had been performed in a joint concert of Russian and American choruses.

His environmental anthem, "Creator God, We Give Tou Thanks" (Op. 25), received a second place award in a Massachusetts choral music competition in 1993. This anthem was composed as a memoial for a musician friend. The same text and tune was later arranged for solo voice and keyboard (Op. 35).

His choral work titled A Shaker Song Triptych (May I Softly Walk, Gentle Words, Lovie is Little): received its world premiere in a Concert for Peace in 2004, performed by the Festival Choir in Stoughton, Wisconsin.

For his many musical accomplishments, Roger Lee Hall is currently listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World.

See his biographical article at the online Wikipedia.

 

 

 

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List of Compositions and Arrangements
by Roger Lee Hall

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1961 - 1967

During these years over a dozen pop and jazz songs were composed, including these:

+"Dream World" (1961)
+"Frauleins From Frankfurt" (1961)
"Peace-Lovin' Blues" (1962)
+"The Soho Serenade" (1964)
"Free As The Breeze" (1965)
"Lovely One" (1967)


+ = included on the CD, Gentle Peace


       

1968 - 1972

+ = Out-of-Print

 

     

Op. 1: Piano Variations      

a. Set 1 - on an Original Theme (1968) [about 5 minutes]

b. Set 2 - on a Shaker Marching Tune (1971) [about 15 minutes]

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The variations on a Shaker Marching Tune, Op. 1b are recorded on

Celestial Praises - A Celebration of Shaker Spirituals


 

+Op. 2: Percussion Quartet (1969)

For xylophone, suspended cymbal, snare drum and timpani [about 8 minutes]  

In three movements:  I.  Allegro/ II.  Andante/ III. Allegro



Op. 3: six haiku songs (1970)

For soprano voice and piano. All the haiku poems were written by Roger Hall.
[about 10 minutes].

Six song titles:

1. "sing ye joyously"

2.  "innocent spring bud"

3. "grieve not spring flower"

4. "gentle morning mist"

5. "so small the brook sounds"

6. "imagine...tall trees"

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Op. 4: Three Festive Carols (1970) - available in manuscript copy

Youth Choir (SA) and organ.

a.  French: Leaping and Dancing

b.  German: He Whom Shepherds Once Came Praising

c.  English: The Holly and the Ivy 


Op. 5: Three Organ Preludes (1970-1972) - available in manuscript copy


"Out of the Depths" - November 1970

"All Creatures of Our God and King" - July 1971

"For All The Saints" - October 1972

"For All the Saints" is recorded on the CD:

The Dark Night is Ending




Op. 6: Tricinium: "Innsbruck ich muss dich lassen" (1970)
- for flute, oboe and bassoon

 
I. Introduction

II. Song:  "Innsbruck ich muss dich lassen"
(Heinrich Isaac, c. 1450-1517)

III. Finale

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1976 - 1979

+ = out-of-print

 

Op. 7: Requiem Canon: In Memory of Benjamin Britten (1976)

A canon for up to six voice parts based on a tune by this beloved English composer, composed in his memory.


 

Op. 8: Two Shaker Humility Songs (1976)

a. GENTLE WORDS -- by Sister Polly M. Rupe, Pleasant Hill, KY, 1867

b. LOVE IS LITTLE -- Shaker Song from South Union, KY, 1834

Both songs arranged by Roger Lee Hall for SATB a cappella.  

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These two song arrangements are available on this CD:

Gentle Words - A Shaker Music Sampler


Read about one of the songs at

"Gentle Words" - A Shaker Song Discovery


Op. 9: Twelve Hymns for the Church Year

1. Christmas: "Celebrate, rejoice and sing!" - words: Roger Hall - music: 1971

2. Christmas: "Good news! Great joy to all the earth! -
words: Frank von Christierson " - 1976

3. Christmas: "Hail to the joyous day" - words: Royall Tyler - music: 1973


4. New Year/Epiphany:  "Search thou my heart (A New Year's Prayer)" -
words: Sister R. Mildred Barker - music: 1983

5. Lent:  "Father Supreme! Eternal God!" - words: Royall Tyler - music: 1973

6. Lent:  "O God of Love" - words: Henry W. Baker - music: 1973

7. Lent: "Prayer" - words: Louis Untermeyer - music: 1970

8. Easter:  "Praise the Savior" - words: Swedish hymn text, English translation -
music: 1973

9. Pentecost: "May He whose presence fills" - words: Royall Tyler - music: 1976

10.  Thanksgiving:  "Creator God, We Give You Thanks" -
words: Betty Anne J. Arner - music: 1977

11.  Advent:  "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" - words: translated by John M. Neale and Henry S. Coffin - music: 1977

12.  Advent: "Prepare the Royal Highway" - words: Mikael Franzen (Swedish), English translation - music: 1978

Several of the hymns are recorded on this CD:

Creator God, We Give You Thanks



Op. 10: Season's End, Op. 12 (1979)

Four songs for SATB chorus a cappella:

1. "Thaw" (poem by Edward Thomas)

2.  "Spring Bluets" (poem by Sara Teasdale)

3. "Indian Summer" (poem by Emily Dickinson)

4. "Lovely Hill Torrents" (poem by Walter Turner)


1980 - 1989

+ = Out-of-Print

 

 

 

Op. 11: Two Ceremonial Anthems

1. "Come, join in one accord" (text by James W. Kemmerer)(1980)

A choir anthem and congregational hymn composed for the 75th anniversary of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Attleboro, Massachusetts. The first performance in June of 1980 of the anthem for two saxophones, piano and SATB choir is included from its first performance on this CD:

Creator God, We Give You Thanks

2. "Lord, Keep Us Steadfast" (text by Martin Luther)(1983)

Anthem based on a hymn tune by J. Klug from 1543. Composed for the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Choir in North Easton, Massachusetts in 1983. This anthem is included from its first performance on this CD:

The Dark Night is Ending


Op 12: Six Shaker Rounds (1985)

Rounds for 2, 3 or 4 voice parts a cappella:

1. "Welcome, Welcome" - Rosetta Cummings, Enfield, NH, 1869

2. "Let Us Endeavor" - David A. Buckingham, Watervliet, NY, 1873

3. "Morning Bells" - David A. Buckingham, Watervliet, NY 1873

4. "Christian Love" - poem by Elvah F. Collins, Mt. Lebanon, NY, 1881

5. "A New Year's Prayer" - poem by R. Mildred Barker, Alfred, Maine, 1921

6. "We Will All Go Home With You" - Canterbury, NH, 1862


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The last two rounds (Nos. 5 and 6) are published in the Music Supplement of

A Guide to Shaker Music


Op. 13: The Pleasures of Variety - Homage to William Billings (1980)

For narrator and solo quartet or SATB chorus a cappella.  

Text by William Billings, 1746-1800.

This work was first performed in 1980 in a concert titled:
"Music from Massachusetts."

It was published in this monograph:

MAJESTY: Being a discussion of FACTS and FICTION about WILLIAM BILLINGS and THE STOUGHTON MUSICAL SOCIETY (PineTree Press, 2000)

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"The Pleasures of Variety" is recorded on this CD:

Best of William Billings - AMRC 0001

 


Op. 14: Six Carols for Christmastime (1983)

For soprano and alto recorders.

1.  Vom Himmel Hoch (From Heaven Above)

2.  Es Ist Ein' Ros'entsprungen (Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming)

3.  Joseph Lieber, Joseph Mein (Joseph, O Dear Joseph Mine)

4.  Rise Up, Shepherds, and Follow

5.  Away in a Manger

6.  Joy to the World


Op. 15: Three Choral Responses (based on themes by J.S. Bach) (1985)

Composed for the 300th anniversary of the birth of J.S. Bach.

Choral responses based on instrumental themes by Johann Sebastian Bach for mixed chorus and organ:  

1. "Psalm"

2. "Prayer"

3. "Benediction"

The three responses are recorded on this CD:

Creator God, We Give You Thanks


Op. 16:  Three Choral Responses (1985)

For unison chorus and organ

1.  Introit (Air from the Trumpet Suite from Water Music by George F. Handel)

2.  Agnus Dei (Theme from Sonata in A minor for harpsichord by Domenico Scarlatti)

3.  Dona nobis pacem (Musette from Concerto Grosso, Op. 6, No. 6 by G. F. Handel)


 

Op. 17:  Four Commemmorative Songs (1989)

For mixed chorus and piano.

1.  "Bicentennial Hymn" (Tune: OLD HUNDRED) - 200th anniversary of Stoughton Musical Society

2.  "The Grand Constitution" (Tune: HEART OF OAK) - 200th anniversary of Stoughton Musical Society's Constitution (1987)

3.  "Yankee Song" (Tune:  YANKEE DOODLE) - 200th anniversary of Stoughton Musical Society's Constitution (1987)

4.  "Ode to George Washington" (Tune: GOD SAVE THE KING) - 200th anniversary of First US Presidential Inauguration (1989)



Op. 18: Two Russian Songs (1988)

Both songs were written for the Russian tour of Sharing A New Song in 1988.  

The songs are SAB rounds and may be sung in Russian or English a cappella.  

These are the English translation titles:

No. 1. "We give you a gift of our songs"

No. 2. "May you live many years"

The first round is included in the songbook and CD:

New England Songster


+Op. 19: Bellamy's Musical Telephone (1988)

 

a.. "Telephone Tune" - for keyboard

b. "Peace - A Patriotic Ode" - for soprano and keyboard

c. " Simple Gifts" - for soprano and keyboard

d. "The Dark Night is Ending" - for soprano and keyboard

The music from the one act play first performed at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts at the Edward Bellamy Centennial Conference in 1988.

This play is now available on DVD at this link:

The Musical Telephone


 

1990 - 1999  

+ = out-of-print

Op. 20: A Prayer (1990): In Memory of Sister R. Mildred Barker

For mixed chorus and organ or piano.

This prayer hymn is included in the songbook:

Love is Little: A Sampling of Shaker Spirituals


Op. 21: Two Old Stoughton Songs (1990)

Two songs for SATB chorus a cappella:

1. Fuging Tune:  "DEDICATION" - words by William Billings, 1794

This tune was originally composed in 1977. It was revised for the 200th anniversary concert of the Old Stoughton Musical Society in 1986.

2. Patriotic song:  "PEACE" - words by Esther Talbot, 1814 

This anti-war song was composed for the centennial of Stoughton Town Hall in 1981 and included in the pamphlet, Music in Stoughton: A Brief Survey It was revised for vocal quartet, flute and piano, and first performed in A Stoughton Musicfest in 1990.

Both songs are available for $6.00, including shipping. To order click this link:

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Both songs are recorded on the CD: American Choral Sampler

http://www.americanmusicpreservation.com/AVMS.htm#americanchoralsampler

"Peace" is also performed in the one hour video program:  

A Stoughton Musicfest


Op. 22: A Little Theatre Music (1990)

For solo flute.  

Written in memory of Dorothy Woodward, founder of The Little Theatre of Stoughton.

This piece was first performed by flutist Donna Hieken in this video program:

A Stoughton Musicfest


+Op. 23: Three Shaker Songs (1990-1991)

For string quartet.  Written in memory of Sister R. Mildred Barker.  

First performance by The Portland String Quartet in the Shaker meeting house at Sabbathday Lake, Maine, in 1990 and 1991.

1.  "Mother Has Come With Her Beautiful Song" (Alfred, Maine, 1887)

2.  "Love is Little" (South Union, Kentucky,1834)

3.  "We Will All Go Home With You" (Canterbury, New Hampshire, 1862)


 

Op. 24: Credo -- Walt Whitman (1992)

For soprano and piano.

Poem by Ruth E. Winn, based on lines from "Song of Myself" in Whitman's Leaves of Grass, 1855.  

Written for the centennial of the death of Walt Whitman.

This piece is available on the CD,

The Dark Night is Ending


Op. 25: Creator God, We Give You Thanks (1993)
(In memory of John D. Herr
)


Anthem for SATB chorus with organ or piano accompaniment.

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Creator God, We Give You Thanks

The same words have been set for solo voice and piano with this title:

Hymn to the Environment, Op. 35

 


+Op. 26: Shaker Christmas Hymn (1995)

For mixed chorus a cappella

"Hail, Hail The Beautiful Morn Hath Dawned" -
words and tune: Sister Elmina Phillips, North Union, Ohio, 1869


+Op. 27: Three Shaker Poems by Sister R. Mildred Barker (1996)
[see Op. 38]

For soloist or unison choir a cappella.

1.  A Prayer

2.  A New Year's Prayer

3. Our Shaker Home


+Op. 28: Simple Gifts (aka: "Tis the gift to be simple")(1998)

Shaker dance song arranged for solo voice and piano.

This arrangement revised for a cappella chorus -- see Op. 40 below.


+Op 29: The Humble Heart (1999) -
In memory of Randy Folger

Shaker hymn arranged for SAB chorus a cappella or with piano or organ.

This hymn arrangement is recorded on

Gentle Words -- A Shaker Music Sampler


2000 - 2009

+ = out-of-print

+Op. 30: Benjamin Franklin's Armonica (2000)

Dedication for the premiere performance in 2000:

This is a memorial tribute to Gerhard Finkenbeiner (1930-1999), a world-renowned glassblower who had his own business in Waltham, Massachusetts.  He was also a skillful maker of the glass harmonica using Benjamin Franklin's design. Gerhard had many talents but was above all a gentle man of rare curiosity and inventiveness.  He was always willing to help out in any way possible.  

To Gerhard, I dedicate this work with my respect and gratitude.

--Roger Lee Hall

1.   Opening remarks by Dr. Benjamin Franklin on his "Armonica."

2. "Agnus Dei" - based on Adagio for Glass Harmonica by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1791

3.  "Auld Lang Syne" - based on Old Scottish Air with 1855 New England text)

This work for voice and glass harmonica was given its world premiere by Alisa Nakashian-Holsberg at the International Glass Music Festival in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 27 April 2000.   

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G. Finkenbeiner Inc.

Glass Music International


Op. 31:  Canon in Four Parts (2000)

Words by William Billings (1746-1800).  

This canon, "Come, Let Us Sing Unto the Lord," was composed in 2000 for the 200th anniversary of the death of Billings. It was published in this monograph:

MAJESTY: Being a discussion of FACTS and FICTION about WILLIAM BILLINGS and The STOUGHTON MUSICAL SOCIETY (PineTree Press)

This canon was first performed by Roger Hall and the other singers attending the

200th anniversary William Billings observance at Kings Chapel in Boston in 2000

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Op. 32: Six Shaker Spirituals (2001)

For Two, Three or Four Part Chorus a cappella, or with keyboard accompaniment.

1.  "Rights of Conscience" - Issacahar Bates, 1810

2.  "Come Life, Shaker Life" - Issachar Bates, 1835

3.  "Almighty Savior" - Issachar Bates, 1836

4. "The Millennium" - Tune by Issachar Bates

5. "The Earthquake" - Daniel Moseley, 1811

6.  "Reflections on Mother Ann's Birthday" - David Austin Buckingham, 1840

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+Op. 33: Three New England Shaker Spirituals (2002)

1. "Welcome Song" - Enfield, New Hampshire, 1869
(a round for two, three or four voice parts)

2. "The Humble Heart" - Harvard, Massachusetts, ca. 1822
text: Eunice Wyeth/ tune: Thomas Hammond
(SAB chorus a cappella)

3. "Farewell Song" - Canterbury, New Hampshire, 1862
( a round for two, three or four voice parts)


Op. 34: Auld Lang Syne (2005)

For soloist with keyboard accompaniment - key of Eb

This is the well known Scottish tune but with a text written by Albert Laighton and first performed in a "Old Folks Concert" in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1855.

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Op. 35: Hymn to the Environment:
Creator God We Give You Thanks (2010)

The words speak of respect for God's creations on the earth
and are especially appropriate in these days of environmental concerns.

This hymn has been set for solo voice and piano accompaniment, with a final descant section for voice or solo instrument.

Also available as s SATB choir anthem, Op. 25.

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Op. 36: Two Canterbury Shaker Christmas Spirituals (2010)

For SATB chorus a cappella

No. 1: The Prince of Peace
No. 2: Celestial Choir

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Op. 37: Three Shaker Poems (2012)

No. 1. Christian Love - poem by Sister Elvah F. Collins, 1881
No. 2. My Shepherd - poem by Sister Ruth Mildred Barker, 1926
No. 3. Natal Night
- poem: Sister Grace Ada Brown, 1902

For soloists and a cappella chorus.
Dedicated to Carson Cooman.

 


Op. 38: Two Shaker Prayer Hymns (2011-2012)
- In Memory of Sister R. Mildred Barker

No. 1. "A Prayer" (With the dawn of each new morning) -
For Soloist and SAB Choir a cappella or with keyboard


Poem by Sister R. M. Barker, Alfred, Maine, 1921
Melody composed in 1978/ harmonized for Soloist and SAB chorus in 2012

 

No. 2."A New Year's Prayer (Search thou my heart) " -
For Soloist and SATB Choir a cappella or with keyboard

Poem by Sister R. M. Barker, Alfred, Maine, 1922
Melody composed in 1983/ harmonized for SATB chorus in 2011

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Celestial Praises - A Celebration of Shaker Spirituals

 




Op. 39: Quen Pastores Laudavere (2012)
- German Christmas Carol for SATB Chorus

Four verses of this German melody with an 14th century Latin text, or Latin and English text, for SATB chorus with keyboard accompaniment (10 pages).

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Op. 40: Four New England Shaker Spirituals (2012)

Greeting Song: "Welcome, Welcome" - Enfield, New Hampshire, 1869

Dance Song: "Simple Gifts" - Alfred, Maine, 1848

Inspirational Hymn: "Celestial Praises" - Canterbury, New Hampshire, 1841

Farewell Song: "We Will All Go Home With You" - Canterbury, NH, 1862

 

These spirituals for a cappella chorus are available at this link:

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All four Shaker spirituals are recorded by The Canterbury Singers on the CD,

Celestial Praises - A Celebration of Shaker Spirituals

 

 

 




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