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 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 100 works 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.
Both songs are available for $5.00, including postage.
Just click the button "Add To Cart" below to pay PineTree Productions by credit card through safe and secure PayPal:
+Op. 30: Benjamin Franklin's Armonica (2000)
- this title will be reprinted in 2013
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 deep 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: Quem Pastores Laudavere (1979/ revised 2012)
Four verses of this German melody with an 14th century Latin text, or Latin and English text,
arranged for SATB chorus with keyboard accompaniment (10 pages).
To order a copy of this
German Christmas carol, either in Latin or in English,
click on the button and make a specific donation of $10, including shipping or download, payable by credit card to PineTree Productions through safe and secure PayPal.
Click on this button to
Op. 40: Two North Union Shaker Spirituals (2012)
Anthem: "Praise To The Lord" (Raise ye your voices)
A commissioned anthem for Plymouth Church of Shaker Heights, Ohio for Soprano and Bass soloists and SATB chorus, arranged from an 1847 Shaker melody. The words are by Jeremiah Ingalls Jr. and music by SewelG. Thayer from the Shaker community at North Union, Ohio.
Hymn: "Gospel Truth: (Hail gospel truth thou precious gem)
A hymn for SATB chorus and SAB Trio arranged from a 1885 North Union Shaker hymn by Elder James Sullivan Prescott, and the only harmonized hymn that was published from the North Union Shaker community (today Shaker Heights, Ohio).
Note: Both the anthem and hymn are included with edited melodies in this music collection:
1. Song: Dream World (1961) – Jake and The Potpourris
2. Pop Song: Frauleins From Frankfurt (1961) – Jake and The Potpourris
3. Pop Song: The Soho Serenade (1964) – Ethel Regan
4. Pop Song: Peace-Lovin’ Blues (1962)
5. Pop Song: Free As The Breeze (1965)
6. Piano Variations on an Oriental Theme (1968) - Anthony Spaccoratella
7. Piano Variations on a Shaker Marching Tune (1971) – David Hagan
8. Season’s End: Thaw (1979) – Jubilate Chorale
9. Season’s End: Bluets That Herald Spring (1979) – Jubilate Chorale
10. Season’s End: Lovely Hill Torrents (1979) – Jubilate Chorale
11. Christmas Carol: Leaping and Dancing (1979) – Covenant Church Choir
12. Shaker Poem: Search Thou My Heart (1983) – Holy Trinity Church Choir
13. A Gift Round (in Russian, 1988) – Sharing A New Song Chorus
14. The Dark Night Is Ending (1988) – electronic keyboard
15. The Dark Night Is Ending – Dorothy Yanish, vocalist
16. Old Stoughton Song No. 1: Dedication (1986) – OSMS Chorus
17. Old Stoughton Song No. 2: Peace (1981) – Karen Pritchard & OSMS Choir
18. Anti-War Song: Gentle Peace (1990 rev. version) –
Stoughton Musicfest Quartet
CREATOR GOD, WE GIVE YOU THANKS
Music by Roger Hall, Volume 2
All are First Performances or First Recordings
1. For All The Saints – for pipe organ (1972)
2. Creator God, We Give You Thanks (1977) – Immanuel Lutheran Church Choir
3. O Come, O Come Emmanuel (1978) – Immanuel Lutheran Church Choir
4. Prepare The Royal Highway (Swedish-English,1978) – Thor Carlson/
5. He Whom Shepherds Once Came Praising (1978) – Larre Nelson/
6. Hail To The Joyous Day (1977) – Immanuel Lutheran Church Choir
7. The Prince Of Peace Is Come (1982) – Old Stoughton Musical Society Chorus
8. Meditation (1979) – Immanuel Lutheran Church Choir
9. Deep River (Afro-American Spiritual,1981) – Covenant Church Choir
10. Standing In The Need Of Prayer (Afro-American Spiritual) – Covenant Choir
11. Praise The Savior (1983) – Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Choir
12. Come, Join In One Accord (Anthem,1980) – Immanuel Lutheran Church Choir
13. Come, Join In One Accord (Hymn,1980) – Choir & Congregation
14. Lord, Keep Us Steadfast (Hymn, 1983) – Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Choir
15. A New Year’s Prayer (1983) – Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Choir
16. Gentle Words (1984) – Plymouth Church Choir
17. Love Is Little (1984) – Plymouth Church Choir
18. Simple Gifts (1988) – Greg Bazaz and Dorothy Yanish (from one-act play)
19. Psalm, Prayer and Benediction (1985) - Immanuel Lutheran Church Choir
20. Creator God, We Give You Thanks (Hymn, 1976) – Lutheran Choir
21. Creator God, We Give You Thanks (Anthem,1993) – Plymouth Church Choir
"The Humble Heart"