Local Cultural History Through Music, Vol. 1: Merrimack Valley
The CD shares beautiful verses from Contemplations by Anne Dudley Bradstreet, America’s first published poet, set to music by David Bennett Thomas. Listeners will hear an homage to the Haverhill shoe industry in Queen Slipper Serenade by David McMullin and can imagine spending June on the Merrimack through the vision of newspaper editor and abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier, set to music by C
Released 2020
Ecmp Recordings

Album tracks

  • 2:21
    Contemplations: Five Songs on Anne Bradstreet for Soprano, Flute, Cello, and Piano: I. I Wist Not What to Wish (Verse 2)
    Essex Chamber Music Players
  • 2:21
    Contemplations: Five Songs on Anne Bradstreet for Soprano, Flute, Cello, and Piano: II. I Heard the Merry Grasshopper Then Sing (Verse 9)
    Essex Chamber Music Players
  • 1:21
    Contemplations: Five Songs on Anne Bradstreet for Soprano, Flute, Cello, and Piano: III. Under the Cooling Shadow of the Stately Elm (Verse 21)
    Essex Chamber Music Players
  • 3:31
    Contemplations: Five Songs on Anne Bradstreet for Soprano, Flute, Cello, and Piano: IV. Sometimes in Eden Fair He Seems to Be (Verse 11)
    Essex Chamber Music Players
  • 2:57
    Contemplations: Five Songs on Anne Bradstreet for Soprano, Flute, Cello, and Piano: V. O Merry Bird, Said I, That Fears No Snares (Verses 27-28)
    Essex Chamber Music Players
  • 3:21
    Queen Slipper Serenade for Flute, French Horn, Cello and Piano
    Essex Chamber Music Players
  • 7:31
    June on the Merrimack for Tenor, Flute, Cello and Piano
    Essex Chamber Music Players
  • 5:26
    Whittier Sketches for Flute and Cello: I. Boyhood Idyll (1807-1822)
    Essex Chamber Music Players
  • 5:50
    Whittier Sketches for Flute and Cello: II. Discovery (1822-1830)
    Essex Chamber Music Players
  • 4:48
    Whittier Sketches for Flute and Cello: III. Editor and Abolitionist (1830-1857)
    Essex Chamber Music Players
  • 6:17
    Whittier Sketches for Flute and Cello: IV. Amesbury, Late Poetry (1857-1892)
    Essex Chamber Music Players
  • 20:34
    A Diary: Growing up in North Andover, 1874 -1892 by Horace N. Stevens for Flute, Violin, Cello, Piano, Percussion and Male Narrator
    Essex Chamber Music Players
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