Music For The Founding Fathers

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Lucie Skeaping explores music that was being performed during the time of the Founding Fathers, in 18th-century colonial America.

With the appearance of the Bay Psalter by the Pilgrim Fathers - the first book to be published in America - through to the popular melodies of the War of Independence, it is sometimes thought that early American music is little more than Puritan hymns and marches for fife and drum.

But Lucie argues that the music of early America was rich and varied, an interesting composite spawned by the many disenfranchised immigrants that arrived on the country's shores.

The programme looks back on the music of characters such as William Billings, one of the country's important homegrown composers; the important role that the Moravian people made in shaping the nation's music; and the significant musical role that some of the Founding Fathers themselves played - in particular Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and Francis Hopkinson.

Lucie also looks back on the origin of tunes such as Yankee Doodle and Stars and Stripes Forever.

With the appearance of the Bay Psalter by the 17th Century Pilgrim Fathers - the first book to be published in America - through to the popular melodies of the War of Independence, it is sometimes thought that early American music is little more than Puritan hymns and marches for fife and drum.

As Lucie Skeaping argues though , the music of early America was rich and varied, a wonderful composite spawned by the many disenfranchised immigrants that arrived on America's shores.

In a Fourth of July edition of the programme Lucie looks back on the music of characters such as William Billings, one of the country's first important home grown composers; the important role that the Moravian people made in shaping the nation's music; and the significant musical role that some of the Founding Fathers themselves played - in particular Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and Francis Hopkinson.

She also looks back on the origin of tunes such as Yankee Doodle" and "Stars and Stripes Foreever".

James Hewitt: Yankee Doodle (last variation only)

Olivier Baumont (harpsichord)

ELATUS 2564615712 Tr 6

Trad., harmonised by Dowland: Old Hundredth

BBC Singers

Nicholas Chalmers (conductor)

(specially made recording)

William Billings: Chesterfield

Oregon State University Choir

Ron Jeffers (conductor)

New World 802552 Tr 2

William Billings: The Dying Christian's Last Farewell

New World 802552 Tr 9

Alexander Reinagle: Lee Rigg - a Scots tune with three variations and a gigg

ELATUS 2564 615712 Tr 3

Francis Hopkinson: See, my days have been so wondrous free

Rosalind Rees (soprano)

James Riesman (harpsichord)

VOXBOX CDX 5080 Tr 18

Aon.: Jesus Makes My Heart Rejoice (for trombones) - hymn

Boston Baroque

Martin Pearlman (conductor)

TELARC CD 80482 Tr 31

John Antes: Trio No 2 in D minor (1st mvt)

Members of the Fine Arts Quartet

COLUMBIA ML 6141 Side 1 Band 4

Johann Friedrich Peter: Ich Will Dir Ein Freudenopfer Thun

TELARC CD 80482 Tr 28

Trad.

American song, arr.

Lucie Skeaping: Anacreon in Heaven

The City Waites

(not commercially recorded)

James Hewitt: The Battle of Trenton

Matthew Kowles (narrator)

ELATUS 2564615712 Tr 10

Gaetano Franceschini: Sonata V in D (1st mvt)

Accademia della Magnifica Comunita

TACTUS TC 730601 Tr 13"