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Death of Our National Anthem
George London and Howard Mitchell debate the merits of the "Star-Spangled Banner," compare it with other national anthems, and play suggested alternatives.
The Early Days of Songwriting
Survey of popular music written before the founding of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. Features songs of Stephen Foster, songs popular during the Civil War, songs by Henry Clay Work, and songs of the Gay Nineties. Part 2 presents popular music of 1860-1880.
Music and commentary about the red, white, and blue. Features popular orchestral pieces and folk music.
The Great American Song Bag
CBM 1149, 1151
American history through a sampling of songs. William Billings's "Chester," George Root's "Battle Cry of Freedom," and "Red River Valley" are heard.
How Simple a Tune
Explains how some of our most familiar simple songs were composed. Includes information on "Taps," "Down by the Old Mill Stream," "Home on the Range," and several others.
Hymns of Fire
The background of patriotic melodies that have stirred nations, including "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "Maple Leaf Forever."
I Love to Hear a Military Band
This brief history of military bands and the march includes musical examples by Sousa and Gilmore, as well as commentary on band music by Frederick Fennell.
Introduction to the March
Traces the modern march from its beginnings in the sixteenth century.
Describes the relationship between labor songs and the early development of labor unions. These ballads served as a rallying force and inspired workers to fight for their rights.
Sampling of different types of marches. Includes eight selections from the classical and modern repertoire.
John Philip Sousa, born in Washington, D.C., in 1854, wrote over one hundred marches. His band performed from 1892 to 1931. Interviews with his daughter Helen and friend Meredith Willson, and examples of his music such as "El Capitan."
Music in the Soviet Union
Discusses the political control of musicians in Soviet society. Includes a description of the Bolshoi Theater and selections from the works of Mussorgsky, Glinka, and Shostakovich.
Music of the Civil War
Discusses songs written during the Civil War. Includes "Dixie" and the "Battle Hymn of the Republic."
Music of Smoke and Steel
In this lecture, the song "John Henry," compositions by Ernst Bacon, and other music of the workers are presented.
Oscar Brand's Songs of '76
Brand introduces and sings songs of the American Revolution. Includes "Bunker Hill," "Come Shake Your Dull Noodles," "The Boston Massacre," "The Tea Party," and "Granny Wales."
Protests of Pete Seeger
The folk singer who was branded an outcast and banned from radio, television, and concert halls discusses the origins of his radicalism.
Sing along with Millard Fillmore
CBM 1188, 991
Campaign songs and favorite melodies of the winners and losers in presidential elections from the years 1896-1976.
The Singer as Activist
Interview with folk singer Joan Baez and her family and friends. Discusses her career and her involvement with the Monterey Institute for the Study of Nonviolence.
The Sound of Patriotism
These speeches and songs of 1916-1917 capture the spirit of America as it entered World War I.
The Sousa Nobody Knows
Explores other compositions Sousa wrote besides his well-known marches. A tango called "Gliding Girl," composed in 1912, is among the selections.
The Splendid Americans
This discussion of patriotic music in America includes background information on the poets and texts of familiar national songs.
History of the women's movement recorded in words and songs.
The Symbols of Nationhood
Beginning with ancient Egypt, traces the history of the flag through the centuries. Symbols of nations in song are heard in national anthems from such countries as Sweden, Belgium, Germany, and Italy.
That Crazy American Music
Historical review of American music from its beginning with the Pilgrims. Programs cover the Gay Nineties, Civil War, and the westward movement. Part 9 is dedicated to the life and music of J.P.Sousa.
Those Vintage Cylinder Years
Entertaining selections by a military band, singer Edward Favor (1908), and a speech by Teddy Roosevelt illustrate the sound- producing cylinders of Thomas Edison.
The Topical Folk Song
Phil Ochs, Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, and Buffy Sainte-Marie sing and discuss topical folk songs such as "I Ain't Marchin' Anymore" as a new phenomenon.
Discusses American military songs and their origins.
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Posted on 2010-08-25