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Roger Lee Hall is Composer-in-Residence for American Music Preservation.com

He has been composing music since the 1960s when he began writing pop and jazz songs.

While at Rutgers University in the late 1960s, he began composing classical music and has since then composed in many different styles.

Over the years he has conducted and composed music for various church choirs, community choruses including The Old Stoughton Musical Society, America's oldest surviving choral society, founded in 1786.

He has continued the use of "melodicism" or the focus on melody and his melodies are simpler than the complexity of today's pop and classical music.

Though abridged versions of his CDs are available from CD Baby and other online sites, you can only order the complete CDs
listed below from this page
.

Three previous CDs: "Come, Gentle Peace"/ "Creator God, We Give You Thanks"/"The Dark Night is Ending" have been discontinued and much of that music has been transferred to the current CDs.

These are five CDs, produced by PineTree Music, with over 100 of his music compositions and arrangements:

"Search Thou My Heart" (AMRC 0042) - New release at a special discount price!

"Gentle Peace" - A Sampler of Songs and Instrumentals (AMRC 0024)

"Creator God" - Hymns and Spirituals (AMRC 0023)

"Celestial Praises" - A Celebration of Shaker Spirituals (AMRC 0017)

"Gentle Words" - A Shaker Music Sampler (AMRC 0016)

 

 

 

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All CDs are now On Sale
but for a limited time only!

As a longtime member of ASCAP with limited resources,
Mr. Hall
would appreciate your support of his music
by purchasing one or more of his CDs.

The cost for the "A Musical Life" DVD-R is 19.95 (USA only) or $29.95 (Overseas Air Mail)

The "Search Thou My Heart" CD (AMRC 0042)
has the special discount price of only $9.95 (USA only) or $19.95 (Overseas Air Mail)

The other four CDs are $14.95 each or $25 for any two CDs (USA orders only)

The other foru CDs are $21.95 each for $40 for two CDs (Overseas Air Mail)

All prices include shipping cost.

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DVD-R: A Musical Life

As a remembrance of his 75th birthday,
c
omposer and music preservationist, Roger Lee Hall,
has collected over 100 files from his past for this special DVD-R.

The disc includes 75 audio tracks from some of his many radio appearances,
plus his music compositions performed at various churches, live concerts and recording studios.

Also included is a cable TV program with him speaking about his work as a film music historian
researching and writing about classic movie songs and film scores
and his Sammy Film Music Awards.

These are the main folders:

  • Music album 1: Search Thou My Heart (1961-2011)
  • Music album 2: Appearances on WGBH-FM (1978-1993)
  • Music album 3: Film music on WGBH-FM (1982 -1992)
  • Music album 4: Appearances on WBET-AM (1985-1993)
  • Pictures and profiles
  • Video program: cable TV program - Hooray for Hollywood (2004)


    To order this special DVD-R -- click here




    New 7th edition of A GUIDE TO FILM MUSIC
    by Roger Hall -- click here

 

 

 

 

 

CD: "Search Thou My Heart" (AMRC 0042)

This CD highlights 50 years of music compositions by Roger Lee Hall
from his first pop song in 1961, "Dream World," recorded in the Army
in Germany w
here he played bongo drums and was a backup singer,

to choral and instrumental works up to 2011,
and the title song in memory of

Sister R. Mildred Barker

 

CD album titles (click the links for music samples - for streaming only):

1. Dream World (1961) - Jake & The Potpourris
2. The Soho Serenade (1963) - Ethel Regan, vocal (composed for an imaginary film)
3. Variations on an original tune (1968) - Tony Spaccoratella, piano
4. Variations on a Shaker marching tune (1971) - Margaret Ulmer, piano
5. Gentle words (Shaker song, 1976) - Plymouth Church Choir, John D. Herr, Director
6. Love is little (Shaker song, 1976) - Plymouth Church Choir
7. Shepherds Carol (1977) - Immanuel Lutheran Church Choir, J.N. Snyder, vibraphone; R.L. Hall,Director
8. Thaw (1979) - Jubilate Chorale, Theodore Davidovich, Director
9. Spring Bluets (1979) - Jubilate Chorale
10. Lovely Hill Torrents (1979) - Jubilate Chorale
11. Meditation (1979) - Immanuel Lutheran Church Choir
12. Come, join in one accord (1980) - Immanuel Lutheran Church Choir, R.L. Hall, Director

13. Deep River (Spiritual, 1981) - Covenant Congregation Church Choir, R.L. Hall, Director
14. Standin' in the need of prayer (Spiritual,1981) - Covenant Church Choir
15. Psalm, Prayer and Benediction (after J.S. Bach, 1985) - Immanuel Lutheran Choir
16. Dedication (1986) - Old Stoughton Musical Society. Earl Eyrich, Director+
17. Peace (1990) - Stoughton Musicfest Quartet; Donna Hieken, flute; Richard Hill, piano++
18. Creator God (1993) - In memory of John D. Herr - Plymouth Church Choir
19. Variations on "Auld Lang Syne" (2000) - In memory of Gerhard Finkenbeiner
20. Search Thou My Heart (2011) - The Canterbury Singers, Kathryn Southworth, Director

+ = from a concert held in Lexington, MA celebrating the bicentennial of the Old Stoughton Musical Society.
++ = from the concert, "A Stoughton Musicfest: A Celebration of Local Musicians and Composers."

To order the "Search Thou My Heart" CD -- click here

"The Soho Serenade" song is also available as a single from CD Baby, click box below--

 

Ethel Regan: The Soho Serenade

 

 

 

 

 

Creator God - Hymns and Spirituals (AMRC 0023)

The title hymn is heard in two different settings and is based on a text that honors the environment and this is the first verse:

Creator God, we give You thanks,
For all the glories You have made
Help us to see You in your work
The Artist in the art displayed.

Also on the CD are Christmas carols and hymns, an Easter hymn, several Afro-American spirituals and Shaker spirituals,
and
other sacred music. 18 tracks.

The lyrics to all the music are included in a separate text file on the CD.

CD cover art by GMH Design.

To order this CD -- click here

 



Gentle Peace - A Sampler of Songs and Instrumentals (AMRC 0024)-

 

 


This CD has pop, jazz and classical songs and keyboard instrumentals. Included is the complete dialogue and music from the one act play,
"The Musical Telephone." Also, a song titled "The Angels Handed Me A Rose," in memory of film actress and known as Mrs. Hoplaong Cassidy, Grace Bradley Boyd.
18 tracks.

CD cover art by GMH Design.

Lyrics to the title song:

1. Come, Gentle Peace, with smiling ray,
Beam on our land a cloudless day;
Beneath thy influence serene,
The olive wears immortal green.

2. Come, Gentle Peace, resume thy reign,
With all thy virtues in thy train;
And then Columbia's soil shall grow,
As verdant Paradise below.

--Esther Talbot

Read about this anti-war poem written by a teenager during the War of 1812 -- click here

 

Listen to "Peace" (Op. 21, No. 2) performed in a concert by a flute quartet on YouTube -- click here

To order this Gentle Peace CD -- click here

 

"The Soho Serenade" is available as a single from CD Baby, click box below--

 

Ethel Regan: The Soho Serenade

 

 

 

 


Click box below to hear samples of the shorter version of this album available as a download from CD Baby:

 

 

 

Various Artists: Gentle Peace

 

 

 

 

 

Arrangements of many beautiful Shaker spirituals
and also a selection of original Shaker tunes,
performed by The Canterbury Singers with guest soloists.
38 tracks. CD cover art by GMH Design
.

Read more about this album at this link:

Celestial Praises - A Celebration of Shaker Spirituals

 

 

 

"Gentle Words" - A Shaker Music Sampler (AMRC 0016)

This CD contains arrangements of Shaker tunes by Roger Lee Hall, and his editions of original Shaker tunes performed by a church choir from Shaker Heights, Ohio, also singing by several Shaker sisters from field recordings. There are also interviews with Eldress Bertha Lindsay from the Canterbury Shakers and Sister Mildred Barker from the Sabbathday Lake Shakers. In addition, there is an excerpt from a conversation Mr. Hall had with composer, Aaron Copland, about his arrangements of the popular Shaker dance song, "Simple Gifts." 28 tracks.

CD cover art by GMH Design.

Hear the arrangement of "Gentle Words" as performed by the Plymouth Church Choir, Directed by John D. Herr on YouTube -- click here

The complete interview with Aaron Copland about his arrangements of "Simple Gifts" is included on the multi-media computer disc with book, music album, and video clips, titled: "Simple Gifts" - Great American Folk Song

 

 

 

 

 

 

"The Musical Telephone - A Romantic Narrative"

Read about Roger Lee Hall's one act play
featuring his music

Click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To order sheet music
by Roger Lee Hall,
go to his publisher,

PineTree Music

 

 

Mr. Hall is also Album Producer for the American Music Recordings Collection label.

This CD release includes one of his most popular instrumental compositions,
"Seven Variations on a Shaker Marching Tune" - performed by pianist, Margaret Ulmer:

AMRC 0028 - AMERICAN PLACES - Musical Travels

Read more -- click here

 

 

 

Read about his extensive music background -- click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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