Live Recordings from Voyage to the Colonies

Performed by the American Baroque Orchestra
(From the September 2018 Concert, New Haven, Connecticut)

Connecticut Settlers' Town Suite

Each musical selection is from a different Connecticut town,
dating from the 1700s.

I. Guilford, by William Tans'ur (1706-1783)
II. Bridgeport, by Dr. Samuel Howard (1710-1782)
III. Orange, Anonymous (18th century)
IV. Norfolk, Oliver Brownson (1746-1815)

Music of Daniel Read,
New Haven's First Major Composer

If you knew Daniel Read (1757-1836) during his lifetime, you might know him for his general store, where he provided the basic necessities of everyday life to his fellow townspeople. Composing and compiling music throughout his lifetime, he became more and more prominent for his publications including The Columbian Harmonist, The New Haven Collection of Sacred Music, An Introduction to Psalmody, and more. Daniel Read, along with his fellow composers of the First New England School were well trained in many musical practices that were brought over from Europe — but at the same time, Read felt the need to write and teach music
in a new way, a way that was distinctly American. These recordings include
Read's "Resurrection and Litchfield" (after Litchfield, Connecticut).

Allegro & Minore from Quintet No. 5 in B-Flat Major, 
J. F. Peter (1746-1813)

Johann Friedrich Peter (1746-1813) was an American composer
of German birth who had a tremendous influence on early American composers. Peter drew on the rich musical traditions of 17th and 18th century European culture, developing a distinctive style of writing. He served as a violinist and organist in Pennsylvania, and his large number of compositions were disseminated throughout the early United States. His publications influenced the music of Connecticut and New England, and paved the way for American composers in the 1800s.  
With support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.