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The New England Music Archive Presents...


New Englander Composers: A Deserving Dozen


Two CDs with music by twelve composers from 18th, 19th and early 20th century:

"Make A Joyful Noise" - The New England Harmony (AMRC 0004)

"Praise Ye The Lord" - Music by Six New England Composers (AMRC 0002)


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CD: "Make A Joyful Noise"
The New England Harmony (AMRC 0004)


What is believed to the first original choral music tradition in the U.S. originated with New England composers, known as The First New England School.

They often titled their music collections with titles such as "The Continental Harmony" (William Billings), "The Harmony of Harmony" (Jacob French), and "American Harmony" (Oliver Holden).

Their tunes followed certain music types based on English and Scottish models, such as fuging tunes, occasional tunes, psalm tunes, hymn tunes and anthems.

This special CD collection contains choral music by 18th century New England composers: Supply Belcher, William Billings, Jacob French, Daniel Read, Jeremiah Ingalls, and Oliver Holden.

Many of these tunes have been performed by the Old Stoughton Musical Society Chorus, the oldest singing society in the U.S., founded in 1786.

The music on this CD was compiled by Roger Lee Hall, Director of the New England Music Archive (NEMA).


Here are the music titles on the CD:

Supply Belcher, 1751-1836


William Billings, 1746-1800

3. +BOSTON (1778)
4. +MAJESTY (1778)
6. KITTERY (1778)
8. +CHESTER (1778)
9. EASTER ANTHEM (1787) - instrumental accompaniment

Jacob French, 1754-1817

11. MONMOUTH (1793)
12. DORMANT (1802)


Daniel Read, 1757-1836

13. MORTALITY (1785)
14. NORWALK (1785)
15. SHERBURNE (1785)
16. WINDHAM (1793)
17. GREENWICH (1793)
18. AMITY (1793)
19. RUSSIA (1793)
20. +VICTORY (1793)

Jeremiah Ingalls, 1764-1838

21. NORTHFIELD (1801)

Oliver Holden, 1765-1844

24. +CORONATION (1792)

+ = Performed by The Old Stoughton Music Society Chorus

Many of these tunes are found in one of the largest collections of early New England music:

Stoughton Musical Society's Centennial Collection of Sacred Music (Boston, 1878/ Reprint, 1980)

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"Musick in Old Boston" (1980)


CD: "Praise Ye The Lord"
Music by Six New England Composers
(AMRC 0002)


Music by the Second New England School of Composers features rareely heard music, including the 1872 Peace Jubilee Festival hymn and the official U.S. Centennial Cantata by Dudley Buck; a beautiful alto aria from the World Premiere performance of a cantata by Edwin Arthur Jones in 1992; an early Easter Carol by Charles Ives; and a rousing World War I era patriotic chorus finale by George Whitefield Chadwick.

All of these pieces are World Premiere Recordings:

I. Oliver Shaw (1779-1848)

1. Hymn for the New Year (1819)
2. There's Nothing True But Heaven (1829)
3. Stoughton Waltz (1839)


II. Lowell Mason (1792-1872)

4. Jerusalem, My Glorious Home (1849)


III. Dudley Buck (1839-1909)

5. Festival Hymn (1872) -- words and music by Dudley Buck, composed for
the World's Peace Jubilee in Boston.

6. Centennial Meditation of Columbia (1876) -- a
cantata for the United States Centennial based on a poem by Sidney Lanier - complete piano-vocal score.




IV. Edwin A. Jones (1854-1911)

7. Organ: Prelude and Fugue in G minor (1878)

8. Dartmout Glee Club Chorus: "Praise Ye The Lord" (1874)

9. Alto Aria: "How Beautiful Upon The Mountains" from Song Of Our Saviour cantata (1881)

10. Chorus: "The Lord is King" from Easter Concert (1890)


V. George W. Chadwick (1854-1931)

11. Chorale: "How Lovely Shines The Morning Star" from Noel (1909)

12. Chorus: Land of Our Hearts (1918)- complete piano-vocal score


VI. Charles E. Ives (1874-1954)

13. Chorus: "Turn Ye, Turn Ye" (1890)

14. Quartet: "Crossing The Bar (1891)

15. Chorus & Soloist: "Easter Carol" (1892)

16. Chorus & Soloist: "The Collection" (1920)

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American Music Recordings Collection

New England
Music Archive

New England
Composer No. 1:
William Billings

New England
Composer No. 2:
Supply Belcher

New England Composer 3:
Edwin A. Jones

New England Composers No. 4:
George W. Chadwick

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