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Various Artists, Music of the Federal Era (2000)

Another fantastic collection of late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century compositions performed on rare instruments crafted during the period, Music of the Federal Era includes an array of classic marches, hymns, and dance melodies.

The Itinerant Band, Jefferson and Liberty (2001)

The Itinerant Band plays both period and modern instruments on this lively sampling of early republic classics inspired by the political career of Thomas Jefferson.

Various Artists, Music from Mid-19th Century America (2000)

The Yankee Brass Band plays early republic dance hits. Waltzes, quicksteps, and polkas. Oh my!.

Hesperus, Early American Roots (1997)

A fantastic offering from the Hesperus Early Music Ensemble, this disc includes 22 performances based on eighteenth century ballads, hymns, and cotillion tunes. See of you can pick out the unique sounds of baroque violins, recorders, violas da gamba, and other period instruments.

Barry Phillips, The World Turned Upside Down (1992)

Barry Phillips's collection of popular music from the Revolutionary and Federalist eras includes quaint folk songs, lively dance tunes, and other elegant compositions played in homes, taverns, and even on the war front.

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