Civil War Songs and Hymns


 

Music refines the taste, purifies the heart, and elevates our nature. It does more: it soothes in sorrow, tranquillizes in passion, and wears away the irritabilities of life.

It intensifies love, it fires the patriotism, and makes the altar of our devotion burn with a purer, holier flame...when wealth and fame and worldly honor are felt to be nothing; when the aims and ambitions and aspirations which were wont to rouse up all the energies of nature toward their accomplishment fail of their accustomed power, music renders the burden of sickness light, and makes us all oblivious of pain and suffering.

-- W.W. Hall, M.D., Hall's Journal of Health for 1862

 

Contents

"Glory, Hallelujah" - Songs and Hymns of the Civil War Era

"Lincoln and Liberty" - Music From Abrahm Lincoln's Era

Civil War Music Lecture

Interview with Film Composer, John Frizzell

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A Civil War Music Treasury
w
ith World Premiere Recordings
and Video Program with
Stephen Foster Hymns



GLORY, HALLELUJAH: Songs and Hymns of the Civil War Era
is available on a computer disc with Microsoft Word documents and mp 3 audio files, and was compiled and edited by Roger Lee Hall, a composer and music preservationist and authority on earlier American vocal music.

The video program features Civil War era hymns by Stephen Foster performed by the Old Stoughton Musical Society Chorus -- this society is the oldest choral society in the USA, founded in 1786.

 

Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869)
One of the most popular American composers
in the 1850s and 1860s

The music album features examples from North and South from 1859 to 1869. In addition to songs and hymns of the Civil War Era, there is a commemorative hymn in memory of those lost during the Civil War titled, "They Who Seek The Throne Of Grace," based on a piano theme by Louis Moreau Gottschalk and arranged by Roger Lee Hall.

 

Stephen Collins Foster (1826-1864)
America's best known 19th century songwriter

Included on the disc are Premiere Recordings of rare Civil War era hymns by Stephen Foster, published in 1863 in two collection published by Horace Waters: The Athenaeum Collection of Hymns and Tunes and Waters' Golden Harp For Sunday Schools.

A bonus feature is a half-hour cable television program, IN CONCERT, hosted by Roger Hall. It features a selection of Stephen Foster's hymns performed by the Old Stoughton Musical Society Chorus, directed by Earl Eyrich with Edward Wood, pianist. To read more about this oldest surviving choral society in the USA -- click here

Note: The half-hour program was videotaped in 1986 for the Old Stoughton Bicentennial Season and is not of today's digital quality standards. However, it is of great historical value since these are the Premiere Concert Performances of the Stepehen Foster hymns composed during the Civil War years.

 

"Drummer Jackson"
79th U.S. Colored Troops

Black men assembled in "rejoicing meetings" all over the land on the last night of December 1862, waiting for the stroke of midnight to bring freedom to those states in the secessionist states. At the contaband camp [for runaway slaves] in Washington., D.C., the assembled blacks sang over and over again: "Go down, Moses...Let my people go."
-- Eileen Southern, The Music of Black Americans: A History, page 236




 

GLORY, HALLELUJAH includes First Recordings of hymns by Stephen Foster and other Civil War era songs and hymns, listed here:

  • 1. DIXIE’S LAND (aka: DIXIE) (1859)
  • 2. LINCOLN AND LIBERTY(1860)
  • 3. THE BONNIE BLUE FLAG (1861)
  • 4. BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC (1862)
  • 5. GO DOWN, MOSES (1862)
  • 6. A PRAYER FOR THE CAPTIVE (1862)
  • 7. CUMBERLAND GAP (ca. 1862)
  • 8. GOOBER PEAS (ca. 1862)
  • 9. LORENA (1857)
  • 10. ALL QUIET ALONG THE POTOMAC (1863)
  • 11. +THE PURE, THE BRIGHT, THE BEAUTIFUL (1863)#
  • 12. +OVER THE RIVER (1863)#
  • 13. +GIVE US THIS DAY (1863)#
  • 14. +WHAT SHALL THE HARVEST BE? (1863)#
  • 15. WE ARE COMING, FATHER ABRAAM 300,000 MORE
  • 16. WILLIE HAS GONE TO THE WAR (1863)
  • 17. WEEPING, SAD AND LONELY (WHEN THIS CRUEL WAR IS OVER)
  • 18. WHEN JOHNNY COMES MARCHING HOME (1863)
  • 19. +HYMN OF PEACE (1869)
  • 20. +THEY WHO SEEK THE THRONE OF GRACE
    (In Memory of Those Who Sacrificed Their Lives in the Civil War)
    by Roger Lee Hall
  • 21. +JOHN BROWN & BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC (1861-62)


    + = First Recording
    # = Hymn by Stephen Foster (Premiere Concert Performance)

Portrait of Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes (1808-1894)
poet, essayist, physician who wrote the text for "Hymn of Peace"

 

 

 

 


"Glory, Hallelujah"
Songs and Hymns of the Civil War Era

Compiled by Roger Lee Hall

 

 


  • Computer disc with background information in Microsoft Word, an image gallery of Civil War sheet music, video program with Stephen Foster hymns, and a music album. All of these items are included on the computer DVD for just $24.95 (USA orders only).

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"Lincoln and Liberty"
Music From Abraham Lincoln's Era

2nd edition, 2016

This book was written by Roger Lee Hll for the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial in 2009. It has been revised and expanded on a multi-media computer disc with background information about Lincoln's love of music, Abraham Lincoln portrait gallery, and the music album, which contains over one hour of music written and heard during Abraham Lincoln's lifetime.



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Would you like to schedule an entertaining and enlightening music lecture or workshop for your college, church or historical organization by music preservationist, Roger Lee Hall, about Civil War songs and hymns? Included in his presentation is the story behind the famous Civil War song,
"Battle Hymn of the Republic," and several rarely heard Civil War hymns composed by Stephen Foster. Also a display of music materials.

To inquire about a program by Roger Lee Hall,
write for details and speaker's fee to:

Civil War music lecture or workshop

 

 

 

An interview with composer, John Frizzell
about his film score for GODS AND GENERALS

 

 

 

Related links on this site

 

American Music Recordings Collection (AMRC)

"Angel of Peace" - The Boston Peace Jubilees

"Battle Hymn of the Republic"

"John Brown (also known as: John Brown's Body)"

"Tenting Tonight on the Old Camp Ground"

"When Johnny Comes Marching Home" - A Civil War Song Marches On

 


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