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"The Best Choice":
A Sampling of American Communal Hymns

by Roger L. Hall
PineTree Press, 2016


As announced in
The Communal Studies Association Newsletter
Volume 42, Issue 1 (Winter 2016) --


"The Best Choice" is a collection
of selected American communal hymns from the 19th century.

Also on the computer disc is a
Checklist of American Communal Hymnals from 1730 to 1855.

This collection was compiled and arranged by Roger Lee Hall,
an ethnomusicologist and composer
who has researched communal music for many years.

The hymn collection was originally published in 2004,
and revised in 2006. It has been out-of-print since that time.

Now the collection has been reprinted
with bonus audio and video files on a DVD-ROM,
readable on computer.

These are the sheet music titles
included in the collection:

1. "The Best Choice" (ca. 1705)
Johannes Kelpius, ed. and arr. by Roger Hall
(The Contented of the God-loving Soul)

2. "Hymn for the Spinning Sisters" (1745)
Augustus Gottlieb Spangenburg
(General Economy - The Moravians)

3. "How Gracious Is The Lord" (1747)
Anna Thomen (in German and English)
(The Ephrata Cloister)

4. "Children of Friendship" (ca. 1820)
Frederick Rapp
(The Harmony Society)

5. "The Spirit of God" (ca. 1835)
words: William W. Phelps/tune: English
(United Order - Latter-Day Saints)

6. "Let Us Ye Brethren" (ca. 1840)
words: Gerhard Terstegen
tune: Solomon Ackerman, arr. Roger Hall
(in German)
(Zoar Separatists)

7. "O Youth Who Travel On So Far" (1846)
words: Eric Jansson
tune: V. Schumann, arr. Roger Hall
(Bishop Hill)

8. "Come And Welcome" (1846)
David Austin Buckingham
(The Shakers) - arr. Roger Hall

9. "Farewell, Dear Friends"
words: Adin Ballow
arr. Roger Hall



There are also these two bonus features:

--a sheet music supplement titled, "Invitation to Zion,"
with 15 Shaker music hymns and songs arranged by Roger Hall
and audio examples for each title.

--concert video clips with three Shaker hymns,
arranged by Conrad Held and Roger Hall
with soloist, Karol Carroll, and The Canterbury Singers,
Kathryn Southworth, Director and Piano Accompanist



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Related DVD titles


"Give Good Gifts" - Shaker Music in the 20th Century

"The Humble Heart" - A Forty Year Survey of Shaker Music

"Simple Gifts": Great American Folk Song


CDs with Shaker music

"Blended Together" - Interviews with The Shakers
with booklet, audio and video on computer CD

"Celestial Praises" - A Celebration of Shaker Spirituals

"Gentle Words" - A Shaker Music Sampler

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presented by Roger Hall
for your school, college, museum,
or other organization?

See the list of topics at

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