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Root: The Haymakers / McKinley, University of N. Texas

Album Summary

>Root, George Frederick : Cantata for 2 sopranos, mezzo-soprano, tenor, 2 baritones, bass, chorus & piano ("The Haymakers")
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Until the publication of The Haymakers in 1857, George Root was primarily known as a composer of Civil War songs (such as "The Battle Cry of Freedom"), moral songs for children, and sentimental songs. In 1856, Lowell Mason, Jr., a partner in the publishing firm of Mason Brothers, proposed that Root write a cantata for mixed voices on a secular text, and The Haymakers resulted. It later sunk into oblivion and has now been revived by New World Records for our hearing.



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Works Details

>Root, George Frederick : Cantata for 2 sopranos, mezzo-soprano, tenor, 2 baritones, bass, chorus & piano ("The Haymakers")
  • Performers: Patti Abasolo; Linda Brannon; Phyllis Bush; Carolyn Finley; Christopher Hodges; Mark Jones; Marc Much; Mark Myers; Gary Petersen; Burrill Phillips; Erma Rose (Piano)
  • Conductor: Frank McKinley
  • Ensemble: University of North Texas Grand Chorus
  • Running Time: 36 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1857