Are you a musician, composer, songwriter, musicologist, teacher, student, historian, music collector, or a listener
interested in music from America's past?
Then consider joining this new support group known as the
Society for Earlier American Music (or SEAM)
The word "earlier" doesn't mean exclusively from the distant past.
The emphasis is on the early music from the 18th and 19th centuries,
but also many worthwhile music from the 20th century which needs to be preserved and promoted. The years covered are from 1759 to 1959.
Just like the pieces of material in a patchwork quilt sewn together (thus the abbreviation "SEAM"), this Society seeks to preserve music from America's past by
stitching together musical threads of all kinds,
waiting to be discovered and performed again.
It's a sad fact that much of America's earlier classical, folk and popular music
is not performed enough and needs more promotion.
It is hoped that SEAM can help resolve that neglect.
The ultimate goal is preservation of earlier American music through concerts, online events, publications and recordings.
Any SEAM member may send in their announcements, comments or questions, subject to approval, to:
SEAM Bulletin Board
From the Bulletin of the Society for American Music (Vol. XLIII, No. 2):
"For over four decades, Roger Lee Hall, currently Director of the Center for American Music Preservation, has been researching, performing, and recording the music from two of the oldest choral traditions in the United States. The Stoughton Musical Society was organized in 1786, and is now the oldest choral society. This society has a long history of performing American choral music. The United Society of Shakers is the oldest religious communal society, organized in 1787. During their history, the Shakers composed over 10,000 tunes, mainly during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Both traditions are featured on a new multimedia DVD-ROM. “Give Us This Day”–Two Historic American Choral Traditions (PineTree Multimedia, 2017) contains over 500 files and 100 audio examples including interviews with Shaker sisters and many music examples. Information about this DVD-ROM is available here."
See the latest AMRC CD releases of historical music,
including "Five American Women Composers"
-- click here
An Early American Music Top 20
A Western Shaker Music Sampler
(40th Anniversary Edition)
"The Humble Heart" - A Forty Year Survey of Shaker Music
Five new releases
co-produced with American Music Recordings Collection(AMRC):
AMRC 0027: A Dedication Concert (1981)
AMRC 0029: Song of Our Saviour, Op. 16 (1881)
by Edwin Arthur Jones for Soloists, Chorus, Organ and Orchestra
AMRC 0030: Easter Concert, Op. 28 (1890) -
An Oratorio by Edwin Arhtur Jones
AMRC 0031: "Old Hundred" - Pilgrims, Puritans and Pirates
AMRC 0032: "The Liberty Song" - From the American Revolution to World War I
Read more about this CD-ROM with articles, picture gallery,
music album, video clip
American Song History Survey 200
List of representative American songs
covering 200 years
"Give Good Gifts"
Shaker Music in the 20th Century
by Roger Lee Hall
Singing in Stoughton, 1762-1987
by Roger Lee Hall
Earlier American Vocval Composers -
A Survey in Sound
Music From the Eras of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln
Singing New Englanders:
From The Pilgrims to The Shakers
"The Star-Spangled Banner"
Early Songs of Protest and Patriotism
A multi-media DVD with the complete 120 page book,
music examples, and video clips
"Simple Gifts": Great American Folk Song
CD: "Celestial Praises" - A Celebration of Shaker Spirituals
For the centennial birthday of this celebrated lyricist (1913-1993)
CD: It's Magic - A One Hundredth Birthday Celebration of Sammy Cahn
There are two CDs available with Christmas carols, songs and hymns from Colonial America to the present day and titled,
Christmas Music in America
Christmas Music From New England
A tuneful welcome to new SEAM member, Mark Newberry (Creative Consultant) from the UK.
Mark is a member of the Performing Right Society (GB) and the Guild of International Songwriters and Composers, as well as the European Country Music Association. He is especially interested in vintage American popular songs and sent this list of a few song favorites:
"Where Or When" - Sinatra has a marvelous version that never made it on to his better known 1950s LPs but featured later in "The Rare Sinatra."
"The Way You Look Tonight"
- another great tune with Dorothy Fields on top form to match.
"Time After Time" - a personal "signature tune" that a piano player I knew used to play every time I visited my local pub bar.
"Here's That Rainy Day" - like "Time After Time", it used to get played
"Hurt" - the Johnny Cash version...the elder statesman of Americana still on top form in his final years.
"Give My Love To Rose" by the same great singer/songwriter/storyteller.
Mark has also written the lyrics to "Christmas Snow," which has been receiving airplay online at this link: www.ukcountryradio.com
"Angel of Peace"
The Boston Peace Jubilees
Songs and Hymns of the Civil War Era
Now available is a Deluxe DVD-R with 8 books and musical collections and over 200 music tracks.
Read more at:
Preserving Our Musical Past (POMP)
A new commemorative DVD with documents, two audio albums and a video about the life and music of a Stoughton composer is now available at this link:
New England Composer Series: Edwin Arthur Jones (1853-1911)
Roger Lee Hall, SEAM Director:
I would like to welcome SEAM members to this new Bulletin Board and I hope that it will grow as the membership increases.
This first listing will highlight information about a few new SEAM members.
David Harris (Creative Consultant):
He is a choral conductor and composer with a special interest in American music from the past. He is Music Director of the Columbia University Glee Club and other ensembles and is looking for ideas about possible Victorian era choral music by American composers.
Steven Young (Educational Advisor):
Dr. Young is Director of Choral Activities at Bridgewater State University and an organist who has a new CD available of organ music recorded at the famous Methuen Memorial Music Hall. The CD is titled,
Henry Morton Dunham: A Boston Classic.
Read more about it at: CD Universe
Essential American Recordings
2009 marked the the 250th anniversary of the
FIRST SONG WRITTEN BY AN AMERICAN. To honor this anniversary, a survey of recommended recordings has been compiled
listing essential American music.
The recordings include a cross section of music, including 18th century psalm tunes, 19th century patriotic songs; 20th century classical, jazz, stage & screen, and popular songs.
To read this survey, go to:
Essential American Recordings Survey