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We've reached the last stop in the On the Road with JHU Series! New England's geography and settlement patterns fostered not only a rich domestic music scene, but sacred music also flourished there, both in public services and within the extremely popular singing schools. Learn about how the British colonies differed by region - with a greater variety of sacred music in the middle colonies, and a love of public theater and dance in the southern colonies where they cared little for music in church. Join Dr. Hildebrand to survey the main composers and musical forms of Massachusetts, especially, with a mixture of lecture, image sharing, and both live and recorded musical examples.
Links to related resources for this course:
www.colonialmusic.org - Now hosted by George Washington’s Mount Vernon. The resources section is especially useful through the PACAN (Performing Arts in Colonial American Newspapers) database.
www.musicalpassage.org - Pages from early 18th-c book including African music transcribed in 1688 in Jamaica; links to audio recordings on proper instruments, lots of other good background
https://www.americanantiquarian.org/thomasballads/ - Hundreds of high-res pix of ballads printed in 1813 in Boston but covering lots of history back a half-century also; includes detailed descriptions, essays, and many now with audio recordings
David K. Hildebrand, PhD is a freelance performer, lecturer, recording artist, and faculty member of the musicology department at the Peabody Conservatory. His scholarly work and performances focus on early American music and he is now Director Emeritus of The Colonial Music Institute.
In 2012 David produced and narrated a one-hour national public radio special, “Music of the War of 1812” and served as the lead music historian for the nationally broadcast documentary film, "Anthem, the story behind ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.’” He has written reviews and reader reports for The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, American Music, and Oxford University Press, among others. In 2017 Johns Hopkins University Press published his book Musical Maryland. He has appeared on C-SPAN television, "History Detectives," NPR and BBC radio. David was a Research Fellow at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, at Mount Vernon during the academic years 2016-2017 and 2020-21.
David and his wife Ginger Hildebrand have been performing together professionally since 1980, and they have produced and released seven full-length CD recordings.