Choral Americana

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Today the Choral Mix offers a musical salute to the American spirit, with composers who have gone to the well of American folk and religious traditions and, in their own way, created something new and enduring.

Host Kent Tritle’s playlist includes some Revolutionary-era pieces, folk song arrangements, and the quietly patriotic The Peaceable Kingdom by Randall Thompson.

Through all these works, we hear echoes of the same resilience and optimism that we celebrate during the Thanksgiving holiday.




Traditional: Shenandoah (arr. M. Bartholomew and J. Erb)


Chanticleer Records 8810


Traditional: Arr. Wondrous Love

Robert Shaw Festival Singers

Robert Shaw, Conductor

Telarc 80325


Copland: Old American Songs, Set II;

I. The Little Horses

II. Zion’s Walls

III. The Golden Willow

IV. At the River

V. Ching-a-ring Chaw

The United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus



William Billings: Shiloh

His Majesties Clerkes

Paul Hillier, Conductor

Harmonia Mundi 3957048


Randall Thompson: The Peaceable Kingdom;

I. Say ye to the righteous

II. Woe unto them

III. The noise of a multitude

IV. Howl ye

V. The paper reeds by the brooks

VI. But these are they that forsake the Lord

VII. Have ye not known?

VIII. Ye shall have a song

Schola Cantorum Oxford

James Burton, Conductor

Hyperion 67679


Kevin Oldham: Chorale

Choir of St Ignatius Loyola

Kent Tritle, Conductor

MSR Classics MS 1144


Stephen Foster: Oh! Susanna

The Robert Shaw Chorale

John Cali, Banjo

Robert Shaw, Conductor

Rca Victor Living Stereo 61253