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Christmas in Early America

The Columbus Consort

Supply Belcher, Samuel Holyoke, Benjamin Carr, Joseph Stephenson, John Jenkins Husband, Musgrave Heighington, Jacob French, William Billings, Johann Friedrich Peter, John Antes, David Moritz Michael, Johannes Herbst, and more..

SKU: 5693

Year of release: 1993

1. How Beautious Are Their Feet Supply Belcher 05:27
2. How Beautious Are Their Feet Samuel Holyoke 04:25
3. Anthem for Christmas Benjamin Carr 03:43
4. If Angel Sung a Savior's Birth Joseph Stephenson 01:39
5. Th' Almighty Spake, and Gabriel Sped Samuel Holyoke 02:21
6. Comfort Ye My People Samuel Holyoke 04:38
7. Hark! The Glad Sound John Jenkins Husband 02:12
8. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night Musgrave Heighington 03:09
9. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night Jacob French 01:35
10. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night William Billings 06:25
11. Unto Us a Child is Born Johann Friedrich Peter 03:33
12. Prince of Peace John Antes 02:21
13. Hail Infant Newborn David Moritz Michael 01:25
14. To Us a Child is Born Johannes Herbst 01:57
15. Thou Child Devine Johann A.P. Schulz 02:38
16. Meine Seele erhebet den Hern Jeremiah Dencke 01:14
17. Hosanna! Blessed is He That Comes In The Name Of The Lord Christian Gregor 01:56
18. Magnificat anima mea Dominum Charles Theodore Pachelbel 05:00
Total time: 55:45

About this album

CHRISTMAS IN EARLY AMERICA Eighteenth century church musk in New England The American ‘primitive’ tradition of church music in the late eighteenth century blossomed from the transplanted customs of contemporary English gallery music. As unison congregational singing gained in popularity in the rural churches of seventeenth and eighteenth century Britain and its American colonies, hands of gallery musicians, both singers and instrumentalists, were eventually formed in the mid 1800’s to lead and embellish community performance of psalms, hymns and anthems. This development toward a unique choral tradition in the country churches was spurred by the publication of many new collections of 3 and 4 part harmonizations of the psalnss and other spiritual songs, signaled by the release in 1696 id the New Version of the Psalms by Nahum Tate and Nicholas Brady. The introduction of harmony, hence choral singing, in the parish churches of England was underway at the beginning of the eighteenth century, with supporting instruments appearing in the 1740’s or 1750’s. America’s sterner brands of Calvinism withstood the temptations of harmony into the 1720’s, causing much controversy among the various denominations.

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Digital To Analog ConverterSony
Mastering EquimentSony digital Editor 3000
Mastering EngineerBert van der Wolf
Mixing ConsoleRens Heijnis Custom made
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Recording FormatPCM 44.1
Analog To Digital ConverterdCS900
Recording DateJune 1993
Recording LocationOld Catholic church, Delft, The Netherlands
EditingBert van der Wolf
Recording EngineerBert van der Wolf
ProducerTed Diehl