Illustrates the vitality and excellence of the best contemporary North American vocal ensembles. --Jean-Marie Marchal, International Choral Bulletin, 4th Quarter, 2008
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All noblemen of this take heed The Manner of the World Nowadays Falconer, thou art to blame Justice et mort Upon a dead man's head
The history of our country is written in our song, and what a variety of song it is! Our ancestors brought with them from abroad the music of their homelands, and over time many of these songs were set to English texts and found their way into our national repertoire.Then there is the cornucopia of songs that sprang from the American experience itself, but for which no composer or librettist is known, music often called “folk” or “traditional.” The wars we have fought, the slave experience, the conquering of the West, our loves, and our tragedies are all recorded here.And few other countries can match the diversity of native songs written by identified composers of every ethnicity and national origin. The period from 1850 to 1940 saw an explosion of popular song, starting notably with the music of Stephen Foster, and culminating with the prolific songsmiths of Tin Pan Alley in New York.The music on this recording is chosen from this great body of music and takes us on a tour of American historical touchstones as well as the emotions and experiences of everyday people.—Dr. Gordon Paine
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