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Instructional Cassette Catalog: Patriotic and Protest Music

Death of Our National Anthem
CBM 118
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
CBM 529
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.

Flag Day
CBM 922
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
CBM 349
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
CBM 877
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
CBM 345
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
CBM 299
Traces the modern march from its beginnings in the sixteenth century.

Labor Ballads
CBM 139
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.

The March
CBM 196
Sampling of different types of marches. Includes eight selections from the classical and modern repertoire.

Marching Along
CBM 851
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
CBM 12
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
CBM 329
Discusses songs written during the Civil War. Includes "Dixie" and the "Battle Hymn of the Republic."

Music of Smoke and Steel
CBM 176
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
CBM 375-376
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
CBM 57
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
CBM 113
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
CBM 112
These speeches and songs of 1916-1917 capture the spirit of America as it entered World War I.

The Sousa Nobody Knows
CBM 971
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
CBM 354
This discussion of patriotic music in America includes background information on the poets and texts of familiar national songs.

CBM 927
History of the women's movement recorded in words and songs.

The Symbols of Nationhood
CBM 901
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
CBM 1117
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
CBM 837
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.

War Songs
CBM 234
Discusses American military songs and their origins.

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Posted on 2013-06-28