Gentle Peace - A Sampler of Songs and Instrumentals (AMRC 0024) - includes pop, jazz and classical songs and keyboard instrumentals.
The classical pieces have Opus (Op.) work numbers and the pop and jazz pieces do not have any number attached to them.
This CD includes Roger Lee Hall's songs and instrumentals covering over 40 years.
CD cover art by GMH Design.
CD titles on the album (click on the links for music samples - streaming only):
1. Dream World (pop song)
2. The Soho Serenade (pop song)
Free As The Breeze (jazz song)
Piano Variations On Original Melody, Op. 1a
5. Percussion Quartet (3rd movement), Op. 2
Seasonal Song No. 1: Thaw, Op. 10, No. 1 (SATB Chorus)
7. Seasonal Song No. 2: Spring Bluets, Op. 10, No. 2 (SATB Chorus)
8. Seasonal Song No. 3: Lovely Hill Torrents, Op. 10, No. 3 (SATB Chorus)
9.The Musical Telephone (Scene One - One Act Play)
10. The Musical Telephone (Scene Two - One Act Play)
11. The Musical Telephone (Scene Three - One Act Play)
12. The dark night is ending (instrumental) -- for the words to this song -- click here
13. A Gift Round, Op. 18, No. 1 (sung in Russian)
14. Variations on "Auld Lang Syne" Op. 31
The Angels handed me a rose (instrumental)
16. Peace, Op. 14 (soprano soloist and chorus)
A Little Theatre Music, Op. 22 (for solo flute)
18. Gentle Peace, Op. 21, No. 2 (vocal quartet)
All are First Recordings on the "Gentle Peace" album and most were recorded in live concerts and programs.
All the lyrics to the songs are included in a text file with the album.
No. 1-3 are pop and jazz songs recorded in the early 1960s.
No. 4 is his first classical composition completed in 1968 while he was a music student at Rutgers University.
No. 5 is the final movement of a composition for xylophone, suspended cymbal, snare drum and timpani and composed when Roger was a music student at Rutgers University and first performed by a student percussion ensemble in 1970.
Nos. 5-7 were first performed by The Jubilate Chorale in 1979.
Nos. 8-11 contain the complete one act play, The Musical Telephone, in three scenes with incidental music. The play was written and directed by Roger Hall and based on a chapter from
the 19th century utopian novel, Looking Backward, by Edward Bellamy. It was
premiered at Emerson College in Boston for the Bellamy Centennial Conference in 1988.
No. 12 a composition in Russian written for the Boston-area chorus, Sharing A New Song, for their 1988 tour of Russia and Estonia.
No. 14 was composed in memory of Gerhard Finkenbeiner, glass music instrument maker, first performed in 2000 and revised in 2005.
No. 15 is subtitled "Hoppy's Song for For Grace." This is the instrumental version. The song is dedicated to the memory of a former actress, Grace Bradley Boyd,
the wife of actor William Boyd, who portrayed the popular western film star character of Hopalong Cassidy in 66 films,
also on radio and television during the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. Read more about this song at Hopalong Cassidy Songs.
No. 17 was written in memory of Dorothy Woodward, co-founder of the Stoughton Little Theatre.
Nos. 16 and 18 are based on an anti-war poem by a 10 year old girl during The War of 1812. Read the Boston Globe article about this 1814 anti-war poem, written several months before "The Star-Spangled Banner."
To read more about this song -- click here
Hear "Peace" (Op. 21, No. 2) performed in a concert by a flute quartet on YouTube -- click here
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"The Soho Sereande" (No. 2) is also available
as a single from CD Baby, click box below--
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