Welcome to a place to hear some examples of the music discussed in Musical Maryland: A History of Song and Performance from the Colonial Period to the Age of Radio. This website is intended to grow over time, as more recordings become available -- all free of charge* and a great way to make the facts and stories come alive. Interpreting older music, especially that from the days before sound recording, is a fun and challenging prospect for musicologists and performers. Especially since much remains unspecific in the original music, modern day musicians have considerable choice in terms of instruments, playing and singing styles, tempo, structure, and so on. Perhaps in the future we'll post two very different recorded interpretations of the same original piece of music, just to prove that point. For now, please enjoy what's posted below and then come back again later and see what's been added (hopefully at least a new piece each month).
-------------co-author David K. Hildebrand
*PLEASE NOTE - these music files are provided by the Colonial Music Institute for educational and study purposes only, as a free service. Please do not re-distribute or re-post in any form - thank you!
 (4:46) THE DEFENCE OF FORT M'HENRY (STAR-SPANGLED BANNER) –1812 20 chorus (illust., page 50) [credit United States Naval Academy Glee Club, Dr. Aaron Smith conducting]