Performed by Early Music New York - Frederick Renz, Director
"a winning mixture of shape-note hymns and dance tunes"
St. Louis Post Dispatch.
Artists: Oliver Brewer -tenor; Joe Damon Chappel - bass; Pedro d'Aquino - baritone; Todd Frizzell - tenor; Matthew Hensrud - tenor; Tam Johnson - tenor; Gregory Purnhagen - baritone; Paul Shipper - bass; Geoffrey Williams - bass baritone; Jay Elfenbein - violoncello; Christopher Layer - flute & fife; Robert Mealy - violin; Paul Shipper - guitar, side drum, jaw harp
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Continuing its series of historical, seasonal repertoire from the Middle
Ages through the baroque eras in association with The Metropolitan Museum,
EARLY MUSIC NEW YORK presents 18th- century, New England Shape-Note anthems
and fuging tunes by William Billings and his contemporaries (Asahel Benham,
Samuel Holyoke, Jacob Kimball, Merit Woodruff, Daniel Read, William Selby and
Popular tunes used for social dancing were brought from England by way of several 18th- century issues of "The English Dancing Master" by the publisher John Playford. Dance tunes heard on this recording (flute, violin, bass violon and guitar) include the holiday titles "Christmas Cheer," "The Merry Wassail," "New Year's Eve," "New Year's Day in the Morning," and "Twelfth Eve."
A medley of Dances, Marches, Airs and Song Tunes collected by colonial soldier, Captain George Bush, from his notebook dated 1779, round out this album of seasonal music from the Colonies.
PLAY LIST (click a selection for a 30 sec mp3 preview)
1.Cold and RawThe Dancing Master (DM)
3.In the Fields in Frost and SnowDM
4.The Seasons of the Year - WinterDaniel Read
5.Drive the Cold Winter AwayDM
6.Emanuel for ChristmasBillings
10.Lumps of PuddingDM
12.Cradle HymnMerit Woodruff
14.PaxtonSouthern Harmony (SH)
16.Peace and Plenty or Old OxfordDM
18.The Healths or The Merry WasselDM
19.Adeste fidelesJohn Francis Wade
21.Over the WaterBush's Note-book (BN)
26.New Year's DayDM
29.Ode for the New YearWilliam Selby
30.WashingtonRespository of Music
33.Star in the EastSH
34.The Babe of BethlehemSH
36.The Shepherd's StarSH
40.New YearP.M. Atchley