Now available from the
American Music Recordings Collection (AMRC)
25 premiere recordings of beautiful Shaker tunes,
with 10 compositions and arrangements by Roger Lee Hall
and 15 arrangements by Conrad Held.
This CD features soloists, instrumentalists
and The Canterbury Singers,
Kathryn Southworth, Director
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, Rogerwas 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 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Among his over 200 works (some of them unpublished) are two sets of piano variations, works for chamber ensembles,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).
Hischoral work titled A Shaker Song Triptych received its world premiere in a Concert for Peace in 2004, performed
by the Festival Choir in Stoughton, Wisconsin.
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:
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:
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 Ode: "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 solo quartet, flute and piano, and first performed in A Stoughton Musicfest in 1990.
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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.
For more information about the glass harmonica and other glass instruments:
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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Christmas carol, either in Latin or in English,
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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
1. Pop Song: Dream World (1961)
2. Pop Song: Frauleins From Frankfurt (1961)
3. Pop Song: The Soho Serenade (1964)
4. Pop Song: Peace-Lovin’ Blues (1962)
5. Pop Song: Free As The Breeze (1965)
6. Anthem: He Whom Shepherds Once Came Praising
Season's End No. 1: Thaw
8. Season's End No. 2: Bluets That Herald Spring
9. Season's End No. 3: Thaw
10. A Gift Round (in Russian) (for Sharing A New Song Russian tour, 1988)
11. Song (based on a Gregorian Chant): The Dark Night is Ending
12. Anthem: Creator God, We Give You Thanks
Shaker Song: Search Thou My Heart
14. Shaker Song: Gentle Words
15. Shaker Song: Love is Little
16. Shaker Song: Simple Gifts
17. Shaker Hymn: The Humble Heart
18. Hymn: Come, Join in one accord
(for the 75th anniversary of
Immanuel Lutheran Church,
19. Three Choral Responses based on themes by J.S. Bach
20. Anti-war song: Come, Gentle Peace - for solo quartet, flute and piano
Creator God, We Give You Thanks
Music by Roger Hall, Volume 2
All are First Performances or First Recordings
1. For All The Saints – Prelude for pipe organ (1972)
2. Creator God, We Give You Thanks - Anthem (1977)
3. O Come, O Come Emmanuel - Anthem (1978)
4. Prepare The Royal Highway - Anthem (Swedish-English,1978)
5. He Whom Shepherds Once Came Praising - Anthem (1978)
6. Hail To The Joyous Day - Christmas Carol (1977)
7. The Prince Of Peace Is Come - Christmas (1982)
8. Meditation - Hymn (1979)
9. Deep River (Afro-American Spiritual,1981)
10. Standing In The Need Of Prayer (Afro-American Spiritual)
11. Praise The Savior - Hymn (1983)
12. Come, Join In One Accord - Anthem (1980)
13. Come, Join In One Accord - Congregational Hymn (1980)
14. Lord, Keep Us Steadfast - Hymn (1983)
15. Search Thou My Heart - Round (1983)
16. Gentle Words - Shaker song (1984)
17. Love Is Little - Shaker song (1984)
18. Simple Gifts - Shaker song (1988)
19. Psalm, Prayer and Benediction - Choral responses (1985)
20. Creator God, We Give You Thanks - Hymn (1976)
21. Creator God, We Give You Thanks - Anthem (1993)