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Early American Music

We're revisiting a CD of American music with its roots in the old country.

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A harpsichord from the 18th century now residing at Colonial Williamsburg.

Much of the music in colonial America was transported from places like England, Ireland, and Scotland.. Dance music played an especially important role in social events in colonial America and John Playford’s The Dancing Master, first published in 1651 included a lot of dance music. This music also included quite a bit of improvisation; a tradition that undoubtedly was carried over from places like Ireland and Scotland where the tradition of fiddling went back centuries.

Hesperus’ 1997 album Early American Roots captures the essence of what early American music might have sounded like.

Music Heard On This Episode

Childgrove
Hesperus — Early American Roots (Maggie's Music, 1997)
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Childgrove
Hesperus — Early American Roots (Maggie's Music, 1997)
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Buttr'd Peas
Hesperus — Early American Roots (Maggie's Music, 1997)
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Anna Pranger

Anna Pranger moved to Bloomington in 2009 to pursue a degree in music librarianship. Before this, she worked on a degree in music history at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio. She serves as both an assistant producer for Harmonia and the Music Library Assistant for WFIU.

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