In celebration of 45 years of extensive music research!


A Major Collection
Historic American Choral Music


Are you a musician, conductor, researcher, teacher or student?

Did you know that two of the oldest surviving
American singing traditions began back in the 18th century?

Learn about them on a new multimedia DVD-ROM.

Both of them still exist today in New England:

--The Old Stoughton Musical Society, Stoughton, Massachusetts

--The United Society of Shakers, Sabbathday Lake, Maine

This material was compiled from research
by Roger Lee Hall,
Director of the Center for American Music Preservation


"Give Us This Day" -
Two Historic American Choral Traditions

The DVD includes a massive digitized collection:
with 500 files in 50 folders,
including historical music publications,
sheet music, concert program illustrations, and more.

Bonus features:

-- audio files with interviews and music.

--a cable television program and concert highlights.


There are many premiere recordings of music on the disc,
including the title hymn from the Civil War era:
"Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread"
words and music by Stephen C. Foster, 1863

DVD Contents:

  • Biographical information

  • Images -- sheet music, concert programs and more (100 images)

  • Recordings -- 10 music albums (176 tracks)

    01: Musick in Old Boston (1980)
    - celebrating Boston's 350th anniversary
    performed by The Old Stoughton Musical Society, Roger Hall, conductor

    02: A Dedication Concert (1981) - Stoughton Town Hall's Centennial

    03: Ten Town Tunes: Music from Stoughton, 1770-1990

    04: Music by Edwin Arthur Jones, Stoughton composer

    05: Composers from New England: Amy Cheney Beach, Dudley Buck,
    George W. Chadwick, Charles E. Ives

    06: "Mount Zion" - Shaker Music from Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana

    07: "Blended Together" - Interviews with the Shakers

    08: "Gentle Words" - A Shaker Music Sampler

    09: "May We Ever Be United" - Ohio Shaker Music

    10: "Simple Gifts" - A Recorded Legacy
    including interviews with Sister Mildred Barker and Aaron Copland

    Sample music:

    "Stoughton" music by William Billings, 1770
    text by Isaac Watts/ edited by Roger Lee Hall (Premiere recording)
    To listen to this music -- click here (streaming only)

    "Celestial Praises" - Shaker hymn, Canterbury, New Hampshire, 1841
    edited and arranged by Roger Lee Hall (Premiere recording)
    To listen to this arrangement -- click here (streaming only)


    This hymn is also included on this CD available separately:

    Celestial Praises (AMRC 0017)

  • Research -- historical publications

    - The Stoughton Musical Society (organized in 1786)
    (renamed The Old Stoughton Musical Society in 1908) -

    --E.A. Jones: His Life and Music
    --Music in Stoughton: A Brief Survey
    --Singing Stoughton
    --Ten Town Tunes: Music in Stoughton, 1770-1990
    --The Stoughton Songster

    - The United Society of Shakers (first organized community in 1787)
    [aka: The United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing]

    --"Blended Together" - Discoveries Along The Shaker Music Trail
    --"Gentle Words" - Shaker Music in the 20th Century
    --"May We Ever Be United" - Music of the North Union Shakers
    --"Mount Zion" - A Western Shaker Music Sampler
    --"Simple Gifts" - Elder Joseph Brackett's Shaker Dance Song

  • Videos --

    --"A Stoughton Musicfest" (cable television program)
    --"Celestial Praises - A Celebration of Shaker Spirituals" (concert highlights)



This multimedia DVD-ROM
is ideal for musicians, historians,
classroom teachers, writers, researchers,
and students.

Get your copy now at a special introductory price!


"Give Us This Day" -
Two Historic American Choral Music Traditions

Compiled and Edited by Roger Lee Hall
(PTM 1054)

To order this informative DVD-ROM,
playable on any computer or compatible device,
go to
American Music Research Editions No. 12 at the

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Other publications in PineTree Multimedia Series
compiled and edited by Roger Lee Hall:

PTM 1012: The New England Harmony (CD-ROM)

PTM 1014: "Chester" -
Music in Old New England, 1778-1878 (CD-ROM)

PTM 1016: "Angel of Peace" -
The Boston Peace Jubilees (CD-ROM)

PTM 1018: "Great God of Nations" -
Music by E.A. Jones(CD-ROM)

PTM 1029: "Millennial Praise" - Singing New Englanders:
From The Pilgrims to The Shakers (DVD-ROM)

PTM 1031: A New England Choral Sampler (CD-ROM)

PTM 1035:"Give Good Gifts" -
Shaker Music in the 20th Century (DVD-ROM)

PTM 1044: "Song of the Old Folks" -
Father Kemp and The Old Folks Concerts (CD-ROM)

PTM 1051: "Dedication" -
Singing in Stoughton, 1762-1992 (DVD-ROM)

See all the titles in the
PineTree Multimedia (PTM) Series
available on CD-ROMs and DVD-ROMs



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Pinetree Multimedia


In celebration of the 150th anniversary of her birth

Amy Marcy Cheney Beach and four other women composers
on a new CD featuring performances by The Old Stoughton
Musical Society Chorus -- click here







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