Learn about the Music of Connecticut's Early Settlers!

Watch "The Music and Culture of Connecticut's Early Settlers"

The early settlements of Connecticut, dating all the way back to the 1600s, was a time of adventure and exploration — not only in the discovering of new lands, but also in the formation of new cultural identities. Many groups of people left Europe because of religious persecution. In New England, they found religious freedom to form a new life in the way they envisioned. The colony of New Haven was first formed in 1638 and soon became a cultural center. Music served to support and reflect the ideals of Connecticut's early communities. To learn more, watch the video above! 

Chorale from Orange, Connecticut
(Demonstrated on a Period Instrument)

In the above video, associate artistic director Kevin Sherwin demonstrates his own arrangement of a chorale from 18th century Orange, Connecticut. The instrument being played is called a baroque guitar, and instruments such as these were imported from Europe to the American colonies. Their distinctive sounds and characteristics influenced both compositional and performance styles. The baroque guitar in the video, for instance, has nearly twice as many strings as a modern guitar, creating a more textured sound that suited the melodies, ornamentation, and improvisation of the era. During the 17th and 18th centuries, music of Connecticut was frequently re-arranged for various instruments
to suit different contexts and purposes in daily life. 
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.