New DVD publication
Read about this extensive study
of music from America's longest surviving communal society...
This deluxe multi-media DVD from PineTree Productions contains music collections, recorded music examples and concert videos
from forty years of research
by Roger Lee Hall.
There are highlights from the entire history of Shaker music from the 1780s to the 1950s. During these centuries, the Shakers composed over 10,000 single verse songs, multi-verse hymns and prose anthems.
Included on the multi-media DVD:
--Four sheet music collections
--Audio interviews with Sister R. Mildred Barker and Sister Lillian Phelps
--Public Radio segments
--Over 40 audio examples
--Video clips from concerts with Shaker music arranged by Roger Lee Hall
The title of this disc is from one of the best known early Shaker hymns, with words by Eunice Wyeth (or Wyethe) and tune by Thomas Hammond Jr. from the Harvard Shaker community in Massachusetts. This is a music manuscript of the hymn in Shaker alphabet music notation:
Here is the list of folders on "The Humble Heart" computer DVD:
01 - Introduction
02 - Article: The Simple Gifts of Shaker Music in America
03 - First Shaker Song with words & music: "In Yonder Valley" (1787)
Early Hymn: "The Humble Heart" (ca. 1820)
05 - Dance Song: "Tis the gift to be simple" (1848) -
includes interview with Sister R. Mildred Barker
06 - Prose Anthem: "Millennial Praise" (1883)
07 - Music Collection 1: A Western Shaker Music Sampler (1976)+
08 - Music Collection 2: The Happy Journey (1982)
09 - Music Collection 3: A Guide to Shaker Music (2006)
10 - Music Collection 4: The Humble Heart - 24 Shaker Spirituals (2008)
11 - Last New Hampshire Shaker Song:
"My Shaker Home" (1959) -
includes interview with Sister Lillian Phelps and article by Darryl Thompson
12 - Shaker Song Triptych: "May I Softly Walk"/"Gentle Words"/"Love is Little"
13 - Shaker music on Public Radio
14 - Resources - printed hymnals checklist and other information
15 - Videos - Television programs and concert music highlight
See one of the concert videos, "Celestial Praises," arranged by Roger Lee Hall, and performed by The Canterbury Singers, Katharine Soutworth, Conductor.
To order this deluxe edition DVD, "The Humble Heart" (PineTree Productions, 2016)
look under "Featured Title No. 8" at this link:
Read about Roger Lee Hall's many Shaker music activities -- CLICK HERE
Two other computer DVDs available...
DVD-ROM: "Give Good Gifts" -
Shaker Music in the 20th Century
Book with lyrics to 25 of the most recorded Shaker spirituals, sheet music examples, two music albums, and video clips -- PTM 1054, 2015
Great American Folk Song
Multimedia DVD with the complete book,
and video clips --
PTM 1035, 2014
"Thanks so much for the donation of your reproductions of Shaker music for the Center for Communal Studies. I had an opportunity to show them ("Give Good Gifts" and "Simple Gifts" DVDs) to the Center Board when it met. Everyone was so pleased with your thoughtfulness and generosity."
Donald E. Pitzer, Acting Director
Center for Communal Studies
University of Southern Indiana
See other publications by Roger Lee Hall at
Shaker music books and articles
Music of the Shakers -
Resources and Recordingss