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Songs of Virginia

by The Virginia Glee Club

A complete musical history of traditional songs from the University of Virginia. This album was made possible by a generous grant from The Jefferson Trust, an initiative of the University of Virginia Alumni Association.
Genre: Classical: Choral Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Virginia, Hail, All Hail!
1:37 $0.99
2. Come Root for U-V-A
1:07 $0.99
3. Hail the Orange and the Blue
1:36 $0.99
4. Here's to Old Virginia
1:08 $0.99
5. Virginia Yell Song
1:13 $0.99
6. Oh, Carolina
1:48 $0.99
7. In College Days
2:37 $0.99
8. Vir-ir-gin-i-a
1:06 $0.99
9. Old Virginia
2:41 $0.99
10. Orange and Blue
1:06 $0.99
11. Rotunda Song
2:23 $0.99
12. Virginia's Cavalier Song
1:10 $0.99
13. Glory to Virginia
1:39 $0.99
14. Virginia Chapel Bell
1:47 $0.99
15. Hike, Virginia
1:09 $0.99
16. Alumni Song
4:12 $0.99
17. Just Another Touchdown for U. V-a.
0:46 $0.99
18. The Orange and Blue
2:03 $0.99
19. A Medley of Virginia Songs
2:03 $0.99
20. Hike, Virginia (Live)
1:14 $0.99
21. Virginia Yell Song (Live)
1:12 $0.99
22. Virginia's Cavalier Song (Live)
1:19 $0.99
23. Ten Thousand Voices (Live)
0:55 $0.99
24. The Good Old Song
1:49 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Virginia Glee Club, founded in 1871, is the oldest musical organization at the University of Virginia. The members of the Glee Club, composed primarily of undergraduate students, come from every school and college within the University. Members consider the group a fraternity of talent, committed to performing at a professional level, promoting fellowship, preserving longstanding tradition, and upholding the ideals of student self-governance.



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Tim Jarrett

Giving voice to 100 years of Virginia songs
Songs of Virginia is the most ambitious of all recent Virginia Glee Club recordings. The theme: songs of the University of Virginia, as documented through old recordings, sheet music, and books, and running the gamut of the group’s existence.

The recording project won a Jefferson Grant in April 2008, and the group has been at work since researching and recording the songs. The provenance of the songs is extensive, with some performances echoing the 1947-1951 recording Songs of the University of Virginia, some later songs (such as “Vir-ir-gin-i-a”) that were documented in 1972 on A Shadow’s on the Sundial, and some that are only known in published form, for instance from the 1906 Songs of the University of Virginia songbook. The earlier Songs recording is the most prominent touchpoint, with “The Cavalier Song,” “Rugby Road,” “Hike, Virginia”, “Yell Song,” “The Good Old Song,” and “Virginia, Hail, All Hail” all reprised, five with accompaniment from the Cavalier Marching Band as in 1951. The remaining tracks on the original recording, including the Eli Banana and T.I.L.K.A. songs and “Mr. Jefferson’s favorite psalm,” were wisely discarded in favor of more interesting repertoire.

The rest of the repertoire includes some of the more interesting selections from the 1906 songbook, including “The Orange and the Blue,” “In College Days,” “Here’s to Old Virginia,” and “Oh, Carolina!” (in an updated arrangement), as well as other fight songs and alma maters (“Virginia Chapel Bell” and the “Rotunda Song” are especially touching). Lyrical authenticity is kept–football songs that refer to the University’s ancient and quiescent rivalries with Princeton and Yale keep their original references, rather than being updated to reference more modern opponents. (It was regular practice when I sang in the group to substitute Maryland for Carolina in the lyrics of “Just Another Touchdown for UVA.”)

So enough about the repertoire–how’s the recording? In a word, wonderful. Dusty old songs like “Oh, Carolina” are given sharp new readings that ought to stir up the UNC rivalry (imagine singing “See the Tar Heels, how they’re running/Turpentine from every pore/They can manufacture rosin/but they’ll never, ever score” in Scott Stadium today!), while more familiar standards like the “Good Old Song” and “Virginia Hail All Hail” are made more potent by being put in the historical context of the song. Perhaps one minor quibble is the balance–melody lines in the second tenor and baritone are sometimes overshadowed by more prominent high harmonies–but this is a small point in the scope of things.

Bottom line: if you are an alum of the University, you ought to own this recording. And Alumni Hall ought to be giving copies out at Reunion.