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Voices and Songs

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Listen to radio broadcasts, songs from the 17th century, Native American stories and more.

These audio files are available in both Windows Media and RealAudio formats.

You can download these players from these links:
Windows Media Player
RealAudio player

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engraving of paddlers in a canoe from 'Travels in the Interior'

"Captive Lands, Captive Hearts"

This five-part radio series was produced by Susannah Lee at WFCR in Amherst, Massachusetts, for the 300th anniversary of the raid on Deerfield. Each segment, built on interviews with historians and descendents, describes another facet of the Raid and the sources of the conflicts that led up to it.

detail of an illustration of the Kanienkehaka creation story

Creation and Deeptime Stories

These brief audio segments are narratives that have been passed down from generation to generation. These stories help define and guide a culture's identity.

detail of folk dancers from painting 'Dixton Harvesters'

English Songs from the 17th Century

Period songs from England, both sacred and secular, were carried to Deerfield by the Puritans who settled here. This music provides an audible flavor of the era during which the Raid took place. The renditions heard here are by the Honest Harmony Singers.

title page engraving from Chambonnieres' 'Les Pieces de Clavessin'

French Music from the 17th and Early 18th Centuries

This music, assembled by musicologists John Burkhalter and Eugene Roan, is a sampling of music heard in the courts, churches and concert rooms of both France and New France at the time of the Deerfield Raid.

A scene from the opera

The Captivation of Eunice Williams Opera

These three audio segments are selections from an original opera based on the true story of Eunice Williams. The opera was created by the artistic team of Paula Kimper (composer), Harley Erdman (librettist), and Linda McInerney (co-conceiver and co-creator, producer, and stage director) and mounted in Deerfield in the Spring and Summer of 2004.

 

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