Spirit & Heritage In Song is a series highlighting Traditional American Music.
In the last half century many of these traditional songs have been forgotten in a flood of contemporary music and international cultural influences. Yet these songs, ballads, melodies and hymns reflect the events, cultural backgrounds, aspirations, land and faith that make up the soul of the American People far more than the strains of moderne music that have washed upon the nation’s shores. This series is offered as a reminder of the Spirit of America as given voice in song.
America possesses some beautiful pieces of national music offered by many of her gifted citizens.
My Country Tis Of Thee –Samuel Francis Smith, 1831
The Battle Hymn of the Republic –Julia Ward Howe, 1861
Shenandoah –Popular folk song from the 1800’s. The earliest appearance in print of “Shenandoah” is the excerpt from “Sailor Songs,” by William L. Alden, in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, vol. 65, no. 286 (July 1882), p. 283.
Marching Through Georgia –Henry Clay Work at the end of the American Civil War in 1865. The song refers to U.S. Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s March to the Sea late in the previous year.
Song of the Irish Brigade (Confederate) –Origins uncertain but the lively tune with a strong Gaelic lilt depicts the involvement of the Irish fighting for the Confederacy during the Civil War.
See other songs of the American Spirit in History and at Music