Anne Enslow & Ridley Enslow | When Johnny Comes Marching Home: Music of the Civil War

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When Johnny Comes Marching Home: Music of the Civil War

by Anne Enslow & Ridley Enslow

The rush to war, the loss of loved ones, the deep wounds of a five-year conflict—the intense emotions of the American Civil War are brought to life through the songs and instrumental music of the day. Includes violin, hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, piano, flute, cello, and vocals.
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1. The Battle Cry of Freedom
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2. The Vacant Chair
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3. Get Off the Track!
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4. The Bonnie Blue Flag
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5. Weeping, Sad and Lonely
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6. Confederates' Polka March
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7. The Southern Soldier Boy
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8. All Quiet Along the Potomac Tonight
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9. The Year of Jubilo
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10. Tenting on the Old Camp Ground
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11. For the Dear Old Flag I Die
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12. Hard Times Come Again No More / Hard Tack
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13. When Johnny Comes Marching Home
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14. Marching Through Georgia / Lament for Georgia
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15. All Hail to Ulysses!
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16. Battle Hymn of the Republic
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Album Notes
"This amazing music brings the past vividly to life with emotion, sensitivity, and grace. No one quite plays the piano like Jacqueline Schwab. Her pacing is unique, her artistry authentic and sustaining; this work is one of her best." --Ken Burns, filmmaker

"An outstanding disc, every track filled with understanding, tenderness, creativity, and faithfulness to the lives and passions of the music's original performers." --Dean Root, director of the Center for American Music, University of Pittsburgh

No conflict was as richly celebrated in song as the Civil War. Music spoke of glory and romance, of hope and freedom, of victory and defiance, of love and death. It stirred patriotic sentiments and inspired soldiers in battle--and made them long so deeply for home that commanders occasionally banned certain highly emotional songs in camp.

We present here only a tiny fraction of the music published during the war--the best-loved classics, along with some of the more obscure pieces from the Library of Congress and other archives. In all cases, we drew on the original sheet music. There was so much to choose from. Songs poured from printing presses on both sides, even when ink became scarce, and paper in the South, as one historian put it, "was so thin as to be semi-transparent." Diaries, letters, and memoirs speak of the emotional impact of this music. Even today, these songs provide a window into the deep feelings surrounding the Civil War--as powerful in their own way as standing on windswept battlefields or reading the letters of soldiers far from home.

On this recording, John Kirk from upstate New York sings songs of the Northern soldier, while Ridley Enslow draws on his family's roots in Georgia and South Carolina to represent the South. Linda Russell and I cover the ladies on the home front, as well as citizens favoring emancipation and an end to war.

Though we made this CD to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War (the first shots of which were fired on April 12, 1861), we were struck how moving and strangely relevant these songs still seem today. Many of them express longing for home, for an end to conflict, and for the day, as one puts it, "when terror shall cease and our land be at peace, and war shall be heard of no more." --Anne Enslow

For classrooms a teacher's guide can be found at our Web site. Search "Enslow music"



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