Also included on the computer disc:
-- 200th Anniversary Commemorative Program in 1986 with letters of congratulation
President Ronald Reagan, Gov. Michael S. Dukaksis, and Hon. Joseph Moakley,
plus pictures of the chorus and officers and other historical information.
--Ten Town Tunes: Music From Stoughton
with sheet music and 12 music examples from music performed in Stoughton
between 1980 and 1990.
There are music selections by these Stoughton composers:
MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE (1794)
NEW BETHLEHEM (1799)
THE HEAVENLY VISION (1786)
THE DOVE (1805)
Edwin Arthur Jones:
Highlights from SONG OF OUR SAVIOUR (1881)
OLD STOUGHTON (1886)
O THOU THAT HEAREST PRAYER (1890)
THE LORD IS KING (1890)
HAIL ALL TRIUMPHANT LORD! (1890)
Roger Lee Hall:
(Note: These were copied from old videotapes
and the quality is lower than today's digital videos)
1. "Old Stoughton and The Grand Constitution" (1987)
Written and Directed by Roger Hall
Celebrating the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution
and the Stoughton Musical Society (SMS) Constitution,
both written in 1787. The SMS's Constitution
is the oldest of any music organization in the USA.
The program was videotaped at
the Stoughton Public Library on October 8, 1987.
It includes readings from the U.S. Constitutions by
students and town residents.
Also, a one-act play written and directed by
"The Grand Constitution." It features two actors from
The Stoughton Little Theatre playing two original members of SMS:
Elijah Dunbar (SMS First President) and Samuel Capen. Also featured is a chorus from
Old Stoughton Musical Society.
The songs performed include:
"The Grand Constitution (ballad, 1787)
"Beneath a weeping willow's shade" (Francis Hopkinson)
"The Federal March" (Alexander Reinagle)
"Chester" (William Billings)"
"Yankee Doodle" (1788)
"Ode to George Washington"
Here is an excerpt of the opening Preamble to this Constitution with Rules and Regulations,
first voted on October 8, 1787:
And as the powers of harmonious music are most admirably calculated to humanize the ferocious passions, to increase the various emotions of the mind, the different degrees of sensibility and all the feelings of the heart...We, therefore, esteem it our duty to study to promote that harmony which is pleasing to our Maker and so delightful to ourselves. Stimulated with these salutary and laudable motives, we, whose names are underwritten, form ourselves in a society by the name of the Stoughton Musical Society, for the implied purpose of practicing vocal music.
2. Centennial Tribute to E.A. Jones (1987)
Hosted by Roger Hall
With these guests:
Music teacher at the Stoughton Public Schools, Rosalie Tarchara; Jones School Principal, James Bryant,
Ronald Christenson, Stoughton High School Music Director; Old Stoughton Musical Society Conductor,
Earl Eyrich; singer, Paul Larivee;
accompanist, Richard Hill; and Stoughton Historian, Howard Hansen.
Also, a time travel visit with E.A. Jones himself (portrayed by actor, Wayne Olem) and one of the best known choruses by E.A. Jones, "Hail, All Triumphant Lord!"
A great resource for research, local history and classroom teaching!
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