Music of the
War of 1812
in America

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WORTH NOTING! -- American Public Television continues to broadcast "ANTHEM" nation-wide
preview and where/when to watch

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our wholesale catalog of 1812 music publications

[photo credit: White House Historical Association,
Matthew Paul D'Agostino]
David & Ginger Hildebrand
Early American music specialists since 1980
This website offers an extensive music book, sheet music, a DVD, and an audio CDs well as up-to-date scholarly information. Also listed is our schedule of concerts and lectures being offered around the country. It is 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.

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 to 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.

Music of the War of 1812 in America
by Kate Van Winkle Keller
1812-bk*: $30.00.

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,

FREE sheet music
sample from book

This website was developed as an outreach of The Colonial Music Institute. Similar in mission to the Institute, inludes only the most thoroughly and accurately researched materials, presented in ways to maximize educational value. As we approach the bicentennial of the lyrics (not a poem!) written by Francis Scott Key in September, 1814, we have done our best to tell the true story of the important role music played during this little understood period of American history.

This site created by:
David Hildebrand
Kate Van Winkle Keller
Robert M Keller

Sample sheet music from this collection: Music of the War of 1812

Anthem: 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.
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