Monday, October 05, 2015
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Music of the
War of 1812
in America

David and Ginger Hildebrand at Decatur House web

[photo credit: White House Historical Association,
Matthew Paul D'Agostino]
David & Ginger Hildebrand
Early American music specialists since 1980

     David and Ginger have enjoyed a busy schedule of concerts, workshops and lectures, climaxing in the 200th anniverary of "The "Star-Spangled Banner" this past September, 2014.  Remember, this is the bicentennial year of the lyrics (not a poem!) written by Francis Scott Key, formally declared our national anthem in 1931.
Click the following link to watch David interviewd on the PBS show "History Detectives"
note: additional materials available again soon in our resources section
Since late 2009 David has intensely focused on researching, arranging, recording, and writing about the music that arose from our "Second War for Independence" against Great Britain.  The results: an extensive music book (authored by Kate Van Winkle Keller), sheet music, the documntary film "Anthem (produced by brother Mark Hildebrand)," a national public radio program, and an audio CD.

Music of the War in 1812
A two-CD set of newly recorded
period music, plus a one-hour public
radio program,
written and narrated by
David Hildebrand,

[available again soon online, to order a copy now This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]
     The Colonial Music Institute now hosts extensive information and access to 1812-related publications, all intended for the use of teachers, students, fellow scholars and the general public interested in learning about American History through the rich and significant music of the era.
   As broadcast on C-SPAN, here is David's televised lecture on "The Star-Spangled Banner"
   Be sure to explore our musical resources for the 1812 period, too!
Music of the War of 1812 in America
by Kate Van Winkle Keller
: $30.00.
These songs reflect the history of the war and played a large role in bolstering or changing public opinion and political support. Included are the artful new lyrics in praise of the American flag still flying over Fort McHenry early one September morning in 1814, the song that became our national anthem. On another front, the music master at Fort Niagara composed dance tunes and marches for his band to play during special ceremonies or evening rest periods. All told this collection presents the issues, battles, and heroes of 1812 in a very insightful form of history, that is, MUSIC history!   

DVD: Anthem

[available again soon online, to order a copy now This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

A one-hour documentary film, telling the true story of the birth of “The Star-Spangled Banner” [features David & Ginger Hildebrand among others] A Make Your Mark Media Production. AN-DVD: $20.00.

Here is a sample page from Kate Van Winkle Keller's book, listed above:

The War of 1812 spawned a huge variety of songs in America. From the early stirrings of party politics under President Adams, the traumatic effect of Jefferson's Embargo in 1807, the triumph at Fort McHenry t o the last battle in New Orleans, Americans took pen to paper to tear at political opponents, to dramatize the great sea battles between huge frigates in full sail and to laud battle heroes like Hull and Perry. In addition, songs of ridicule, sentimental ballads of love and separation and songs encouraging enlistments were sung at home, on the streets and in theaters.