Sounding ChildhoodMain Menu30 Selections from the Top Ranking Hymns for ChildrenAlphabetical Index of Hymn TitlesScoresRecordingsTimelineCredits, 2015 Recording & WebsiteCredits, Permissions and CopyrightWorks CitedRehearsal VideosPart 2--Songs for School and PlayPart 3--Bands of Mercy SongsAlisa Clapp-ItnyreAlisa Clapp-Itnyre ea81b58f96dc50ac6f0312cb8dfd4bbc7d5bfddcSOUNDING VICTORIAN Project 2016
Band of Mercy under the tree
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This is an academic website, part of Sounding Victorian (est. Dr. Phyllis Weliver, 2016), stemming from my research and publications focused on Victorian children's music. Victorian children were just as musical as adults during the Romantic era and the 19th century, but little has been done to explore this phenomenon. Neither was there the capability or interest in recording nineteenth-century children's songs or their singing.
This website attempts to fill this musical void. In collaboration with Dr. Jessica Raposo, Director of Music, Indiana University East, I have organized biannual, local children's choir-camps to learn and record popular 19th-century songs for children (much of it specifically from the Victorian era, 1837-1901) so that we can hear what children over 100 years ago were singing. This music for Victorian children was quite diverse. Some of it was used for play (taught by adults, adapted by children, like nursery rhymes), much of it was taught in church and school (hymns and school songs), and some songs were even written and used politically, like those for the animal-rights movement (Bands of Mercy songs).
The site is organized into three parts based on those musical genres we have recorded to date: children's hymns, children's school and play songs, and Bands of Mercy songs. Click the links below which will take you to information, scores, pictures, & recordings within each of these genres. More options are given in the Menu (upper left). Enjoy!
I hope you will appreciate this re-created musical experience, which will allow you to enjoy the sounds of childhood from another era. As you see by the pictures, even our contemporary children relish re-visiting the Victorian past: feigning photographic seriousness, dressing in period clothes, and of course singing these engaging songs!
Note: all images and recordings are made with children's and parents' permission; see individual pages for complete listing of names. To use material from this website in any way, credit me. For specific directions, see the Copyright and Permissions page.
updated June 2020
12020-03-28T02:14:11+00:00Hail to the Elm4Hail to the Elmplain2020-08-24T19:55:58+00:00Hail to the Elm celebrates the life of a tree as children might sing about it. Found in Eddy's Songs of Happy Life (#97)—words by N.S. Dodge, music by H. A. Clarke--it has powerful lyrics: “Hail to the elm, the brave old elm! Our last lone forest tree…For fifteen score of fulltold years. He has borne his leafy prime” (v. 1). In fact, both American elm and English elm were widespread throughout their respective countries in the 1900s, and very long-lived, for 200 years or more. Tragically, Dutch elm disease took out this magnificent tree almost completely in the 1940s and 1950s in both countries: 75% of approximately 77 million elms lost in North America by 1989 (Wikipedia, “Dutch elm disease”).