Survey of Earlier American Music

Bulletin Board



 

Let's Celebrate American Music From The Past!

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

Survey of 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

 

 

SEAM Announcements

August 2016

A Western Shaker Music Sampler
(40th Anniversary Edition)

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 2016

 


"The Humble Heart" - A Forty Year Survey of Shaker Music

 

 

 

April 2016

Four 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)
Cantata 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: "Chester" - The Stoughton Harmony

 

 

 

 

 

January 2016

Read more about this CD-ROM with articles, picture gallery,
music album, video clip

Click here

 

 

November 2015

American Song History Survey 200

List of representative American songs
covering 200 years

Click here

 

 

 

 

May 2015

 

 

"Give Good Gifts"
Shaker Music in the 20th Century

by Roger Lee Hall


 

 

 

 

April 2015

"DEDICATION"
Singing in Stoughton, 1762-1987
by Roger Lee Hall

 

 

 

March 2015

 

 

Earlier American Vocval Composers -
A Survey in Sound

 

 

 

February 2015

 

Music From the Eras of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln

 

 



 

August 2014

"Millennial Praise"
Singing New Englanders:
From The Pilgrims to The Shakers

 

 

 

June 2014

 

"The Star-Spangled Banner"
Early Songs of Protest and Patriotism

 

 

 

 

March 2014

 

A multi-media DVD with the complete 120 page book,
plus image gallery,
music examples, and video clips

"Simple Gifts": Great American Folk Song

 

November 2013

CD: "Celestial Praises" - A Celebration of Shaker Spirituals

 

 

October 2013

For the centennial birthday of this celebrated lyricist (1913-1993)

CD: It's Magic - A One Hundredth Birthday Celebration of Sammy Cahn

 

 

 

 

 

December 2012

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

for me.

"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

 

 

 

November 2012


 

"Angel of Peace"
The Boston Peace Jubilees
1869-1889

 

 

 

 

July 2012

"GLORY, HALLELUJAH"
Songs and Hymns of the Civil War Era

(AMRC 0015)

 

 

June 2011

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)

 

January 2011

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)

September 2010

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

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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

 

 

American Music Preservation

Recordings and Surveys

 

A Guide to Film Music (6th edition)

100 Essential Film Scores of the 20th Century

100 Essential American Songs of the 20th Century

American Music Series on CDs and DVDs

American Music Recordings Collection

American Music Timeline, 1640-1890

National Carry A Tune Week

Shaker Music Archive (sheet music and CDs)

Singing Stoughton -- Oldest Choral Society in the USA

A Survey of American Song (1759-1959)

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

   
       
   
   
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