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Liberty Tree: Early American Music 1776 - 1861

Audio Samples

>Traditional, American : Yankee Doodle, song
>Traditional, English : Chester Castle
>Traditional, American : Liberty Tree
>Traditional, American : The Boston March
>Billings, William : David's Lamentation
>Traditional, American : Jefferson and liberty, song
>Traditional, American : Rights of Woman
>Traditional, American : The Appletree
>Traditional, American : Dormant
>Traditional, American : Hero & Leander
>Traditional, American : Mary's Dream
>Traditional, American : On the road to Boston, for 2 flutes & cello
>Traditional, American : Jolly Soldier
>Traditional, American : Abraham's Daughter
>Traditional, American : Brave Wolfe
>Traditional : Irish Air
>Traditional, Scottish : The Bluebells of Scotland
>Traditional, American : The Working Boy
>Traditional, American : Poor Old Maids
>Traditional, American : Bob in the bed
>Traditional, American : Old Tare River
>Traditional, American : The Rose Tree
>Traditional, American : Clovergreen
>Traditional, American : Parting Friends, folk hymn
>Traditional, American : Ode to Science

Album Summary

>Traditional, American : Yankee Doodle, song
>Traditional, English : Chester Castle
>Traditional, American : Liberty Tree
>Traditional, American : The Boston March
>Billings, William : David's Lamentation
>Traditional, American : Jefferson and liberty, song
>Traditional, American : Rights of Woman
>Traditional, American : The Appletree
>Traditional, American : Dormant
>Traditional, American : Hero & Leander
>Traditional, American : Mary's Dream
>Traditional, American : On the road to Boston, for 2 flutes & cello
>Traditional, American : Jolly Soldier
>Traditional, American : Abraham's Daughter
>Traditional, American : Brave Wolfe
>Traditional : Irish Air
>Traditional, Scottish : The Bluebells of Scotland
>Traditional, American : The Working Boy
>Traditional, American : Poor Old Maids
>Traditional, American : Bob in the bed
>Traditional, American : Old Tare River
>Traditional, American : The Rose Tree
>Traditional, American : Clovergreen
>Traditional, American : Parting Friends, folk hymn
>Traditional, American : Ode to Science
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA (09/15/1997-09/19/1997).

The Boston Camerata, led by Joel Cohen, has made dozens of excellent recordings of music from a variety of European and American early music and folk traditions. This album of music from the time of the American Revolution and the years following is intriguing and should interest anyone who wants to hear the kind of music early Americans were likely to hear and sing and play. These songs, even the Billings anthems, were the popular music of the day, the kind of music people would sing to themselves at home or on the streets or in churches or in various public gatherings, but the members of the Boston Camerata bring to them the purity and crisp precision of a professional choir, which they are. Some of the pieces come from British or American folk traditions, but the performances are all based on scores that were written down during this era. There is considerable scholarly debate as to what exactly constitutes informed performance practice of American music of this era, but given the folk origins of many of these tunes and the raunchiness of some of the lyrics, it's unlikely that this level of refined polish and vocal purity would have been the norm. Much of the repertoire is delightful: the tune "God Save the King," with a text that begins "God save each female's right;" a loopy version of "Yankee Doodle" with naughty lyrics and a tune for the chorus that sounds like it's from some nearly parallel universe; and "Greensleeves" set as an ode to Thomas Jefferson. The performing forces are nicely varied, with unaccompanied chorus, instrumentals, small vocal groups, and solos both accompanied and a cappella. The Boston Camerata is joined on some tracks by members of the Harvard University Choir. Erato's sound is clean and natural. ~ Stephen Eddins



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Works Details

>Traditional, American : Yankee Doodle, song
  • Performers: Joel Cohen (Lute); Joel Cohen (Guitar); Boston Camerata
  • Conductor: Joel Cohen
  • Ensemble: Boston Camerata
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1765

>Traditional, English : Chester Castle
  • Performers: Boston Camerata; Joel Cohen (Guitar); Joel Cohen (Lute)
  • Conductor: Joel Cohen
  • Ensemble: Boston Camerata
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.

>Traditional, American : Liberty Tree
  • Performers: Donald Wilkinson (Baritone); Boston Camerata; Joel Cohen (Lute); Joel Frederiksen (Bass); Joel Frederiksen (Guitar); Joel Cohen (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Joel Cohen
  • Ensemble: Boston Camerata
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.

>Traditional, American : The Boston March
  • Performers: Joel Cohen (Guitar); Joel Cohen (Lute); Boston Camerata
  • Conductor: Joel Cohen
  • Ensemble: Boston Camerata
  • Running Time: 1 min. 15 sec.
  • Form: March

>Billings, William : David's Lamentation
  • Performers: Joel Cohen (Guitar); Joel Cohen (Lute); Boston Camerata; Emily Walhout (Cello)
  • Conductor: Joel Cohen
  • Ensemble: Boston Camerata
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Traditional, American : Jefferson and liberty, song
  • Performers: Joel Cohen (Lute); Boston Camerata; Timothy Evans (Tenor); Joel Cohen (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Joel Cohen
  • Ensemble: Boston Camerata
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.

>Traditional, American : Rights of Woman
  • Performers: Margaret Swanson (Soprano); Boston Camerata; Joel Cohen (Guitar); Joel Cohen (Lute)
  • Conductor: Joel Cohen
  • Ensemble: Boston Camerata
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Vocal

>Traditional, American : The Appletree
  • Performers: Boston Camerata; Joel Cohen (Lute); Joel Cohen (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Joel Cohen
  • Ensemble: Boston Camerata
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.

>Traditional, American : Dormant
  • Performers: Joel Cohen (Guitar); Joel Cohen (Lute); Boston Camerata
  • Conductor: Joel Cohen
  • Ensemble: Boston Camerata
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.

>Traditional, American : Hero & Leander
  • Performers: Joel Cohen (Lute); Joel Cohen (Guitar); Anne Azéma (Soprano); Boston Camerata; Timothy Evans (Tenor); Joel Frederiksen (Bass); Joel Frederiksen (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Joel Cohen
  • Ensemble: Boston Camerata
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.

>Traditional, American : Mary's Dream
  • Performers: Boston Camerata; Timothy Evans (Tenor); Joel Cohen (Guitar); Joel Cohen (Lute)
  • Conductor: Joel Cohen
  • Ensemble: Boston Camerata
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.

>Traditional, American : On the road to Boston, for 2 flutes & cello
  • Performers: Boston Camerata; Joel Cohen (Lute); Joel Cohen (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Joel Cohen
  • Ensemble: Boston Camerata

>Traditional, American : Jolly Soldier
  • Performers: Joel Cohen (Guitar); Joel Cohen (Lute); Boston Camerata; Donald Wilkinson (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Joel Cohen
  • Ensemble: Boston Camerata
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.

>Traditional, American : Jefferson and liberty, song
  • Performers: Jesse Lepkoff (Flute); Joel Cohen (Guitar); Robert Mealy (Violin); Kathryn Roth (Flute)
  • Conductor: Joel Cohen
  • Ensemble: Boston Camerata
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.

>Traditional, American : Abraham's Daughter
  • Performers: John Delorey (Tenor); Joel Cohen (Guitar); Donald Wilkinson (Baritone); Timothy Evans (Tenor); Stephen Falbel (Bass); Megan Henderson (Fortepiano); Boston Camerata; Joel Cohen (Lute); Joel Frederiksen (Guitar); Joel Frederiksen (Bass)
  • Conductor: Joel Cohen
  • Ensemble: Boston Camerata
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.

>Traditional, American : Brave Wolfe
  • Performers: Boston Camerata; Joel Cohen (Lute); Joel Cohen (Guitar); Emily Walhout (Cello); Joel Frederiksen (Guitar); Joel Frederiksen (Bass)
  • Conductor: Joel Cohen
  • Ensemble: Boston Camerata
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Traditional : Irish Air
  • Performers: Boston Camerata; Joel Cohen (Guitar); Kathryn Roth (Flute); Jesse Lepkoff (Flute); Joel Cohen (Lute)
  • Conductor: Joel Cohen
  • Ensemble: Boston Camerata
  • Running Time: 1 min. 25 sec.

>Traditional, Scottish : The Bluebells of Scotland
  • Performers: Anne Azéma (Soprano); Joel Cohen (Lute); Boston Camerata; Joel Cohen (Guitar); Margaret Swanson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Joel Cohen
  • Ensemble: Boston Camerata
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.

>Traditional, American : The Working Boy
  • Performers: Daniel Stone; Joel Frederiksen (Guitar); Joel Cohen (Guitar); Boston Camerata; Joel Cohen (Lute); Jesse Lepkoff (Whistle)
  • Conductor: Joel Cohen
  • Ensemble: Boston Camerata
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.

>Traditional, American : Poor Old Maids
  • Performers: Joel Cohen (Lute); Joel Cohen (Guitar); Anne Azéma (Soprano); Boston Camerata; Margaret Swanson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Joel Cohen
  • Ensemble: Boston Camerata
  • Running Time: 1 min. sec.

>Traditional, American : Bob in the bed
  • Performers: Kathryn Roth (Flute); Joel Cohen (Lute); Joel Cohen (Guitar); Boston Camerata; Robert Mealy (Violin)
  • Conductor: Joel Cohen
  • Ensemble: Boston Camerata
  • Period Time: Classical

>Traditional, American : Old Tare River
  • Performers: Boston Camerata; Michael Collver (Cornet); Megan Henderson (Fortepiano); Kathryn Roth (Flute); Joel Cohen (Lute); Joel Cohen (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Joel Cohen
  • Ensemble: Boston Camerata
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.

>Traditional, American : The Rose Tree
  • Performers: Joel Frederiksen (Guitar); Donald Wilkinson (Baritone); Joel Cohen (Guitar); Joel Cohen (Lute); Boston Camerata; Timothy Evans (Tenor); Joel Frederiksen (Bass)
  • Conductor: Joel Cohen
  • Ensemble: Boston Camerata
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.

>Traditional, American : Clovergreen
  • Performers: Boston Camerata; Joel Cohen (Lute); Joel Cohen (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Joel Cohen
  • Ensemble: Boston Camerata
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.

>Traditional, American : Parting Friends, folk hymn
  • Performers: Joel Cohen (Guitar); Joel Cohen (Lute); Joel Frederiksen (Bass); Joel Frederiksen (Guitar); Anne Azéma (Soprano); Timothy Evans (Tenor); Boston Camerata
  • Conductor: Joel Cohen
  • Ensemble: Boston Camerata
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.

>Traditional, American : Ode to Science
  • Performers: Boston Camerata; Joel Cohen (Lute); Joel Cohen (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Joel Cohen
  • Ensemble: Boston Camerata
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical