A Sampler of Songs and Instrumentals
Gentle Peace - A Sampler of Songs and Instrumentals (AMRC 0024) -
includes pop, jazz and classical songs and keyboard instrumentals
by composer, Roger Lee Hall.
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 songs and instrumentals covering over 40 years.
CD titles on the album (click on the links for music samples - streaming only):
1. Dream World (pop song) - The Potpourris
2. The Soho Serenade (jazz song) - Ethel Regan
Free As The Breeze (jazz song) - John Mazzoti
Piano Variations On Original Melody, Op. 1a - Tony Spaccarotella
5. Percussion Quartet (3rd movement), Op. 2 - Rutgers Percussion Ensemble
Seasonal Song No. 1: Thaw, Op. 10, No. 1 - Jubilate Chorale
7. Seasonal Song No. 2: Spring Bluets, Op. 10, No. 2 - Jubilate Chorale
8. Seasonal Song No. 3: Lovely Hill Torrents, Op. 10, No. 3 - Jubilate Chorale
9.The Musical Telephone (Scene One - One Act Play) - Greg Bazaz
10. The Musical Telephone (Scene Two - One Act Play)
11. The Musical Telephone (Scene Three - One Act Play) - Dorothy Yanish
12. The dark night is ending (instrumental) - for the words to this song click here
13. A Gift Round, Op. 18, No. 1 - Sharing A New Song Chorus
14. Variations on "Auld Lang Syne" Op. 31 - Roger Lee Hall, electrionica
The Angels handed me a rose (instrumental) - Roger Lee Hall, electronica
16. Peace, Op. 14 - Karen Pritchard & Old Stoughton Musical Society Chorust
A Little Theatre Music, Op. 22 - Donna Hieken, flute
18. Gentle Peace, Op. 21, No. 2 - Stoughton Musicfest Quartet
All are First Recordings on the "Gentle Peace" album and most were recorded in live concerts.
All are First Recordings and most were recorded in live concerts and at special events. 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 percussion ensemble in 1970.
Nos. 6-8 were first performed by The Jubilate Chorale in 1979.
Nos. 9-11 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 popular 19th century Utopian novel, Looking Backward, by Edward Bellamy.
The play was
premiered at Emerson College in Boston for the Bellamy Centennial Conference in 1988.
No. 14 was composed in memory of Gerhard Finkenbeiner, glass music instrument maker, first performed in 2000.
No. 15 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 a local theater group.
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" -- click here
The lyrics to the songs are included in a separate text file on the disc.