Music was a daily ritual of life in colonial America. In this re-enactment, hear children’s game songs, slaves’ field songs, marching militia, a sea chanty, college choir, harpsichord lesson, Negro spirituals, chamber music concert, songs from The Beggar’s Opera, and Benjamin Franklin’s glass "harmonica". Historical settings, architecture, and costumes put you in tune with a bygone era of American history.
Extra feature: see master craftsmen build a harpsichord and violin with 18th-century tools and techniques; then enjoy period performances on the instruments.
An excellent intro to colonial life and music in America, for music and history classes of all ages.
114. min. DVD