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Shenandoah - Songs of the American Spirit

Pacific Chorale John Alexander Singers / Alexander
Release Date: 03/10/2009 
Label:  Gothic Records   Catalog #: 49263  
Composer:  TraditionalMack Wilberg
Conductor:  John Alexander
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alexander Singers
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The history of our country is written in our song, and what a variety of song it is! Our ancestors brought with them from abroad the music of their homelands, and over time many of these songs were set to English texts and found their way into our national repertoire.

Then there is the cornucopia of songs that sprang from the American experience itself, but for which no composer or librettist is known, music often called "folk" or "traditional." The wars we have fought, the slave experience, the conquering of the West, our loves, and our tragedies are all recorded here.

And few other countries can match the diversity of native songs written by identified composers of every ethnicity and
Read more national origin. The period from 1850 to 1940 saw an explosion of popular song, starting notably with the music of Stephen Foster, and culminating with the prolific songsmiths of Tin Pan Alley in New York.

The music on this recording is chosen from this great body of music and takes us on a tour of American historical touchstones as well as the emotions and experiences of everyday people.

-- Dr. Gordon Paine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Shenandoah by Traditional
Conductor:  John Alexander
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alexander Singers
Written: USA 
Notes: Arrangement: James Erb 
2.
Sourwood Mountain by Traditional
Conductor:  John Alexander
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alexander Singers
Notes: Arrangement: John Rutter 
3.
She'll be comin' round the mountain by Traditional
Conductor:  John Alexander
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alexander Singers
Written: USA 
Notes: Arrangement: Emma Lou Diemer 
4.
Down to the river to pray by Traditional
Conductor:  John Alexander
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alexander Singers
Notes: Arrangement: Philip Lawson 
5.
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child by Traditional
Conductor:  John Alexander
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alexander Singers
Written: USA 
Notes: Arrangement: Robert Fountain 
6.
Johnny has gone for a soldier by Traditional
Conductor:  John Alexander
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alexander Singers
Notes: Arrangement: Robert De Cormier 
7.
Aura Lee by Traditional
Conductor:  John Alexander
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alexander Singers
Notes: Arrangement: Ralph Hunter, Alice Parker and Robert Shaw 
8.
Goober Peas by Traditional
Conductor:  John Alexander
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alexander Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1866; USA 
Notes: Arrangement: Mark Hayes 
9.
He's gone away by Traditional
Conductor:  John Alexander
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alexander Singers
Written: USA 
Notes: Arrangement: Ron Nelson  
10.
Cindy by Mack Wilberg
Conductor:  John Alexander
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alexander Singers
Period: 20th Century 
11.
Billy boy by Traditional
Conductor:  John Alexander
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alexander Singers
Written: England 
Notes: Arrangement: Mark Hayes 
12.
Buffalo Gals by Traditional
Conductor:  John Alexander
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alexander Singers
Notes: Arrangement: John Alexander and Ryan McSweeney 
13.
Erie Canal by Traditional
Conductor:  John Alexander
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alexander Singers
Notes: Arrangement: Mark Hayes 
14.
Home on the Range by Traditional
Conductor:  John Alexander
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alexander Singers
Written: USA 
Notes: Arrangement: Mark Hayes 
15.
Colorado Trail by Traditional
Conductor:  John Alexander
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alexander Singers
Notes: Arrangement: Norman Luboff 
16.
Sacramento Sis by Traditional
Conductor:  John Alexander
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alexander Singers
Notes: Arrangement: Jackson Berkey  
17.
How can I keep from singing? by Traditional
Conductor:  John Alexander
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alexander Singers
Notes: Arrangement: Ronald Staheli 

Sound Samples

Shenandoah (arr. J. Erb)
Sourwood Mountain (arr. J. Rutter)
She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain (arr. E. L. Diemer)
Down to the River to Pray (arr. P. Lawson)
Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child (arr. R. Fountain)
Johnny Has Gone For a Soldier (arr. R. De Cormier)
Aura Lee (arr. R. Hunter, A. Parker and R. Shaw)
Goober Peas (arr. M. Heyes)
He's Gone Away (arr. R. Nelson)
Cindy (arr. M. Willberg)
Billy Boy (arr. M. Hayes)
Buffalo Gals (arr. J. Alexander and R. McSweeney)
The Erie Canal (arr. M. Hayes)
Home on the Range (arr. M. Heyes)
Colorado Trail (arr. N. Luboff)
Sacramento - Sis Joe
How Can I Keep From Singing? (arr. R. Staheli): How Can I Keep From Singing (arr. R. Staheli)

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