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New expanded multimedia edition -
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"Millennial Praise" -
Singing New Englanders:
From The Pilgrims to The Shakers
by Roger L. Hall
(PTM 1046)

Vocal music composed and performed in earlier New England has been neglected for far too long by historians, teachers and musicians. The emphasis on European choral music among choral organizations, like the Handel & Haydn Society in Boston, has overshadowed the flowering of a rich choral tradition in New England.

That tradition is the focus of this new expanded 2nd edition on a DVD which contains extensive material about choral music performed in New England, from the time of the Pilgrims in the early 17th century to the Shakers in the early 20th century.

This material is ideal for classroom teaching, historical research, or listening enjoyment.

All the information on the computer disc was researched and written by the distinguished American music preservationist, Roger Hall, Director of the New England Music Institute (NEMI). He is available for a fee to speak at your school, university or historical organization about his extensive research in music from earlier New England. To contact him directly -- click here

Listener's Guide

This 150 page book contains lyrics, sheet music and background notes for the 30 selections on the accompanying music album. Also included in the back of the book is a Supplement with listings of singing meetings and concerts held between 1762 and 1912 in Stoughton, Massachusetts. This town has the oldest surviving choral society in the USA, organized in 1786.

Bonus video program

A Stoughton Musicfest. This one hour program from 1990 in celebration of the bicentennial of the first known singing contest in the USA between a choir in Dorchester and a 20 member male chorus from Stoughton, who won this contest after singing Handel's mighty "Hallelujah Chorus" from memory and without any instrumental accompaniment. Included in this program is a short play about a typical 18th century New England school for teaching young people how to sing, taught by the Father of American Choral Music, William Billings (1746-1800) from Boston. There are also performances by several soloists and an adult chorus, plus a combined elementary school chorus, and high school instrumental ensemble. This video may be shown on a TV but you need a HDMI connection from your computer or a similar connection from your computer to your TV set.


Father Kemp and the Old Folks Concerts

A research article about Robert Kemp, known as "Father Kemp." He organized and conducted a group of musicians that gave programs known as "Old Folks Concerts" (shown in above picture) singing mainly New England choral music from the 18th and early 19th centuries accompanied by a small orchestra. The accompanying music album includes these tunes from Kemp's music book:

Boston (1778) - William Billings
Chester (1778/ 1786) - William Billings
Majesty (1778) - William Billings
Confidence (1792) - Oliver Holden
Coronation (1792) - Oliver Holden
Sherburne (1793) - Daniel Read
Northfield (1801) - Jeremiah Ingalls
Jerusalem, My Glorious Home (1849) - Lowell Mason
Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims (1870s) - Temperance song
Jehovah's Praise (1851) - Edward L. White


New England Songster

A collection of lyrics written in New England between 1768 and 1988 in these categories:
Songs of Liberty, Songs of the Tunesmiths, Songs of the Shakers, Songs of Remembrance,
Songs of War and Peace, Music from our time. Includes an album with 15 music examples.


Two Bonus music albums:

  • 1- Five New England Composers

  • Hymn for the New Year (1819) - Oliver Shaw
  • There's Nothing True But Heaven (1829) - Oliver Shaw
  • Festival Hymn (World's Peace Jubilee, Boston, 1872) - Dudley Buck
  • Centennial Meditation of Columbia (U.S. Centennial Cantata, 1876) - Dudley Buck
  • Praise Ye The Lord (1874) - Edwin A. Jones
  • The Lord Is King (1883) - Edwin A. Jones
  • Turn Ye, Turn Ye (1890) - Charles E. Ives
  • Crossing The Bar (1891) - Charles E. Ives
  • Christmas Chorale (1909) - George W. Chadwick
  • Land Of Our Hearts (1918) - George W. Chadwick

  • 2 - Stoughton Music Sampler:

  • Stoughton (1770) - William Billings
  • The Heavenly Vision (1786) - Jacob French
  • Make A Joyful Noise (1794) - Supply Belcher
  • New Bethlehem (1799) - Edward French
  • The Dove (1805) - Samuel Capen
  • Old Stoughton (1886) - Edwin Arthur Jones
  • Lullaby (1922) - Frank W. Reynolds
  • Barbara Allen (1942) - F. William Kempf
  • Dedication (1986) - Roger L. Hall
  • Peace (1990) - Roger L. Hall






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Accompanying music album with the 30 titles (high quality sound files)
from the Listener's Guide:

Illustrating important aspects of New England's cultural history:

  • psalms sung by The Pilgrims and The Puritans (Nos. 1- 3)
  • oldest original New England tune (No. 4)
  • a song sung by Narragansett Indians (Nos. 6)
  • music of the American Revolution, including "Yankee Doodle" (Nos. 7-11)
  • music by early New England singing masters (Nos. 12 -16)
  • two poems from the War of 1812 (Nos. 18-19)
  • two Civil War era texts set to the same tune (No. 21)
  • hymn for National Peace Jubilee held in Boston in 1869 (No. 24)
  • holiday music for Easter (no. 26) and Christmas (no. 27)
  • song and anthem composed by Shaker religious leaders (Nos. 29-30)

I. Pilgrims, Puritans, and Reformer

1. +Pilgrims: PSALM 8 - Ainsworth Psalter, 1612/tune: OLD 124th
2. Pilgrims: PSALM 100 - Ainsworth Psalter, 1612/tune: OLD 100th
3. Puritans: PSALM 23 - Bay Psalm Book, 1698/ LOW DUTCH TUNE
4. +Reformer: 100 PSALM NEW - tune: Rev. John Tufts, ca. 1726

II. Pirates and Native Peoples

5. CAPTAIN KIDD – undated ballad
6. +NARRAGANSETT INDIAN HYMN – Thomas Cummock, 1845

III. The Fight for Independence

7. THE LIBERTY SONG – words: John Dickinson, 1768/ tune: HEART OF OAK, arr. W.A. Fisher
8. FREE AMERICA – words: Dr. Joseph Warren, 1770/tune: BRITISH GRENADIERS
9. FATHER AND I WENT DOWN TO CAMP -- tune: YANKEE DOODLE, ca. 1776, arr. W.A. Fisher
10. CHESTER – words and music: William Billings, 1770/ 1778/ +1786
11. +THANKSGIVING HYMN, ca. 1783– tune:
William Billings/ edited by Roger Lee Hall

IV. Singing Masters

12. +THE BIRD – music: William Billings, 1790
13. +VICTORY – music: Daniel Read, 1793
14. +JUBILANT – music: Supply Belcher, 1794
15. NEW JERUSALEM – music: Jeremiah Ingalls, 1796
16. +DORMANT – music: Jacob French, 1802

V. Federalism Song

17. ADAMS AND LIBERTY – poem: Thomas Robert Treat Paine, 1798/ tune: TO ANACREON -
composed in honor of Second U.S. President, John Adams

VI. The War of 1812 and Sentimental Age

18. +THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER – poem: Francis Scott Key, 1814/ tune: TO ANACREON
19. +PEACE – Esther Talbot, 1814/ music: Roger Lee Hall, 1981

- song set to an anti-war poem written by 10 year old girl about the War of 1812
20.+SONG OF THE OLD FOLKS (tune: AULD LANG SYNE) - words: Albert Laighton, 1855
- from Father Kemp's Old Folks Concert Tunes published in Boston

VII. The Civil War Era

22. GO DOWN, MOSES-- Negro Spiritual, about 1862
23. +GIVE US THIS DAY - words and music: Stephen Foster, 1863
24. +ANGEL OF PEACE – poem: Oliver Wendell Holmes -
written for the National Peace Jubilee in Boston, 1869/ tune: AMERICAN HYMN by Matthias Keller

VIII. The Gilded Age

25. +HOW BEAUTIFUL UPON THE MOUNTAINS (from Song of our Saviour) -
music: Edwin Arthur Jones, 1881
26. +EASTER CAROL – music: Charles E. Ives, 1892

IX. Early 20th Century and World War I

27. +CHRISTMAS CHORALE -- music: George Whitefield Chadwick, 1909
28. +SONG OF THE MARCHING MEN – music: Henry Hadley, 1919

X. Shaker Spirituals

29. +SIMPLE GIFTS – words & music by Elder Joseph Brackett, 1848/ edited by Roger Lee Hall
30. +MILLENNIAL PRAISE – words & music by Elder James G. Russell, 1883/ 1908


+ = First Recording




"Millennial Praise" -
Singing New Englanders:
From The Pilgrims To The Shakers
By Roger L. Hall
(2nd expanded edition, 2017)


This multi-media collection (PTM 1046),
includes the 150 page book with sheet music and lyrics,
the New England Songster collection of song lyrics,
a picture gallery, plus three bonus features:
two music albums and one hour video program.

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