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Peaceful Rest


Peter (Pete) Seeger (1919-2014),
A Great American Song Preservationist




Mission Statement

Are you an independent researcher, teacher or student
involved with American music?

American Music is an informational web site devoted to providing accurate information about American music and news of recent research and publications.

Moderator for this AMP site is musicologist and composer, Roger Lee Hall.

Students or scholars doing research in music from 18th, 19th and 20th century American music are encouaged to submit items of interest (not press releases) to this website where they can be posted free of charge, subject to approval by the Moderator.

More information about submitting your research topics for placement on this website, click on this link to read the


The goals of American Music are these...

This year marks the special anniversaries of various events and they are commemorated with CD and DVD releases from PineTree Music and American Music Recordings Collection (AMRC) with these online links:

50th anniversary of a 1960s pop song (new release at CD Baby):

“The Soho Serenade”

100th anniversary of World War I:

 Voices of Rememebrance
Land of Our Hearts
Father and I Went Down to Camp – American War Songs: American Revolution to World War I
The Dark Night is Ending


150th anniversary of anti-war Civil War song:

“Tenting Tonight on the Old Camp Ground”

200th anniversary of The War of 1812:
(“O Say, Can You Sing It?” and multi-meda DVD:
The Star Spangled Banner – Early Songs of Protest and Patriotism   

For any questions or comments, write to:

American Music Preservation




A List of American Music CDs
(available on this site)

Complete list of CDs at this link:

American Music Series CDs




America in Song 200

For listings of American song
in 2 volumes
Volume 1: 1759-1859
Volume 2: 1861-1959

Click here




American Music Recordings Collection (AMRC)

A series of preservation CDs focusing on the areas covered on this site
and divided into these categories:

I. Composers and Compositions
II. Interviews with Composers
III. Songs and Choral Music
IV. Film Music

See the complete list at:

American Music Recordings Collection



American Vocal Music Series (AVMS)

A series of recordings focusing on the areas covered on this site
and divided into these categories:

I. Americana Collections
II. New England Collections
III. Prominent Presidents (Washington and Lincoln)
IV. Composer Celebrations

To see all the titles,

Click here




ASCAP at 100

Photo: ASCAP's support of songwriters and composers doesn't end when great music outlasts those that create it. We asked Broadway singer Glory Crampton, the great-granddaughter of ASCAP charter member A. Baldwin Sloane, to reflect on what his legacy has meant to her and her family over the years: #ASCAP100

Read about the centennial of this highly respected organization,
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers --

Click here

Music by ASCAP composer, Roger Lee Hall --

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Composers in America - A Survey in Sound

Volume 1, 1759-1919

Composers include:

Supply Belcher, William Billings,
Dudley Buck, George Whitefield Chadwick,
Stephen Foster, Jacob French,
Henry Hadley, Francis Hopkinson,
Oliver Holden, Jeremiah Ingalls,
Charles E. Ives, Edwin A. Jones,
Daniel Read, Oliver Shaw
(60 audio tracks)


Vol. 2, 1919-1994

Composers include:

Aaron Copland, George Gershwin,
Roger Lee Hall, Bernard Herrmann,
Virgil Thomson, John Williams
(90 audio tracks)



Donation Disc

This music preservation site needs your support. Please consider making a donation with a credit card, payable to PineTree Productions, through safe and secure PayPal.

For a donation of $25 you will receive a CD covering the five areas on this site: American composers, New England music, Shaker music, Film music and Popular songs. This CD is titled:

American Music Preservation Sampler -- music from the 17th century to 20th century, featuring music by William Billings, Elder Joseph Brackett, Dudley Buck, George W. Chadwick, Aaron Copland, Sister Cecilia DeVere, Roger Lee Hall, Bernard Herrmann, Edwin A. Jones, Charles Ives, Johnny Mercer, and Max Steiner.

For a donation of $50 you will receive three items: the above CD, plus an additional CD, A Century of American Songs (1760s-1860s), and a booklet about Shaker music discoveries.

Free shipping included for both the $25 and $50 donations.



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After you have made your donation,
please include your mailing address for proper shipping.

Send to:

AMP Donation CD





Essential American Recordings Survey (EARS)

This is a survey of 200 representative recordings (150 CDs and 50 LPs) of music composed or performed between 1759 and 1959.

Click here







Early American Music Topics


"Millennial Praise" - Singing New Englanders:
From the Pilgrims to the Shakers





Singing Meetings and Concerts
(oldest choral society in the USA)



19th centuryAmerican Music Topics

Songs and Hymns of the Civil War Era




Music by E.A. Jones (1853-1911)



"Lincoln and Liberty":
Music From Abraham Lincoln's Era



The Musical Telephone:
A Romantic Narrative

(One act play based on Edward Bellamy's
19th century utopian novel, Looking Backward)



"Simple Gifts": Great American Folk Song




20th century American Music Topics

 "Blended Together":
Discoveries Along The Shaker Music Trail


"Following the Stars"
Music & Memories of Hopalong Cassidy








"Shake, Rattle and Roll" -
Electric Elvis and Bill Randle






National Carry A Tune Week

This is a free annual online survey held every year near the birthday of William Billings (1746-1800), America's first important tune composer,
and sponsored by The Tune Lovers Society


For complete details, click this links:

National Carry A Tune Week


National Carry A Tune Week is listed
in this popular annual directory:

Chase's Calendar of Events 2016

Click on these links to see the tunes chosen from past years:

15th Annual Week: October 4-10 2015

14th Annual Week: October 5-11 2014

13th Annual Week: October 6-12, 2013

12th Annual Week: October 7-13, 2012

1th Annual Week: October 2-8, 2011

10th Annual Week: October 3 - 9, 2010

9th Annual Week: October 4-10, 2009

8th Annual Week:  October 5 - 11, 2008

7th Annual Week:  October 7 - 13, 2007

6th Annual Week:  October 1 - 7, 2006

5th Annual Week:  October 2 - 8, 2005

4th Annual Week: October 3 -9, 2004

3rd Annual Week, October 6 - 12, 2003

2nd Annual Week, October 7 - 13, 2002

1st Annual Week, October 7 - 13, 2001




DVD Series


Preserving American Music (PAM)






Additional Material Available
American Music



Preserving Our Musical Past
(with hundreds of music examples)


Complete list of publications at

PineTree Press




Composers Born in Massachusetts before 1920




Shaker Music Broadsides



Distant Echoes:
Preserving Earlier American Music



Becoming The Beatles


"Please Please Me" - Memories of the Early Beatles








Resource Library

American Music Recordings Archive [AMRA]




AMP Topics

Because American music is so vast a subject, not all of it can be covered on this website. This is not intended to slight any other music, such as jazz, blues, gospel music or any other genre of music.

These five areas of music on American Music
were selected because it was felt they were more in need of preserving their heritage:

New England Music

Shaker Music

Classical Composers

Film Music

Popular Songs



Read about music publications and recordings in

The Bugle

Contact Information

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American Music Preservation





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