Music of New Hampshire

New Hampshire is a state of the United States, located in the New England region. It is home to several professional performing institutions, including the more than 90-year-old fully professional Symphony New Hampshire[1] (known from 1923-2012 as the Nashua Symphony) based out of Nashua, and the community-based New Hampshire Philharmonic.

The state of New Hampshire is unusual for having nine state songs.

State song [ edit ]

List of state songs[2]
Song Date Creators
Old New Hampshire 1949 words by Dr. John F. Holmes

music by Maurice Hoffmann

New Hampshire, My New Hampshire 1963 words by Julius Richelson

music by Walter P. Smith

New Hampshire Hills 1973 words by Paul Scott Mowrer

music by Tom Powers

Autumn in New Hampshire 1977 words and music by Leo Austin
New Hampshire’s Granite State 1977 words and music by Anne B. Currier
Oh, New Hampshire (You’re My Home) 1977 words and music by Brownie McIntosh
The Old Man of the Mountain 1977 words and music by Paul Belanger
The New Hampshire State March 1977 words and music by Rene Richards
New Hampshire Naturally 1983 words and music by Rick Shaw and Ron Shaw

New Hampshire has nine state songs, although eight are "honorary" but not "official".[2]

The first state song was "Old New Hampshire". This song was originally voted on by the legislature in 1941, but the song lost. In 1943, Rep. Samuel P. Philbrook sponsored legislation to create a contest to pick a state song, but this initiative failed as well. It was not until 1949 that "Old New Hampshire" became an official song.

The second was "New Hampshire, My New Hampshire" in 1963, then "New Hampshire Hills" in 1973. In early 1977, "Autumn in New Hampshire" became the fourth official song, and an interim board appointed by legislators recommended using only one official song and designating the others "honorary" state songs.

The board began considering which song to make official, as well as adding four new songs to consideration: "Oh, New Hampshire (You're My Home)", "The Old Man of the Mountain", "New Hampshire's Granite State" and "The New Hampshire State March". "Old New Hampshire" was voted the official song in late 1977, and the others became "honorary".

In 1983, a new honorary state song was added: "New Hampshire Naturally".[2]

Rock music [ edit ]

The rock band Aerosmith has its roots in New Hampshire, as lead singer Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry spent their childhood summers in Sunapee. Other notable bands include The Bruisers, Dreadnaught USA, Our Last Night, Scissorfight, The Shaggs, The Queers, and Home Now. Punk rocker GG Allin was native to New Hampshire. Singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne was born in Nashua. Ronnie James Dio, lead singer of Dio, was born in Portsmouth.

Pop music [ edit ]

Mandy Moore, a singer-songwriter and actress born in Nashua, has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide and won various awards for her acting performances. Singer JoJo was raised in Keene and is the youngest solo artist to top the Billboard Pop Songs chart. She has sold over 7 million albums worldwide.

Hip-hop music [ edit ]

New Hampshire has been home to producer and DJ Statik Selektah, a respected name in hip hop nationwide, since the 1990s. Statik Selektah, of Exeter, is closely associated with hip-hop artist Termanology of Lawrence, Massachusetts. The two have formed 1982 (group). Producer Decap of Nashua began producing in the early 2000s and has since produced records for artists like Talib Kweli, Joyner Lucas, and Hit-Boy.[3] Bass player/producer Brady Watt, also a Nashua native, has worked closely alongside Ski Beatz, providing bass guitar on albums and songs by New Orleans rapper Curren$y, Joey Badass, and others.[4] Rapper Adeem hails from New Hampshire.

Classical [ edit ]

Composer Amy Beach was born in Henniker.

Composer Edward MacDowell and his wife Marian summered at Hillcrest Farm in Peterborough at the turn of the 20th century. In 1907, toward the end of Edward's life, Marian deeded the farm to the Edward MacDowell Association, founding the MacDowell Colony, an artists' colony which has hosted numerous composers, artists, and writers up to the present day.

See also [ edit ]

References [ edit ]

  • "New Hampshire's Official and Honorary State Song". New Hampshire Almanac. Retrieved January 17, 2006.
  • Listen to New Hampshire independent music on The NH Edge

Notes [ edit ]

  1. ^ "Symphony New Hampshire". 2014-06-20. Retrieved 2015-10-26.
  2. ^ a b c "State Official and Honorary State Song". New Hampshire Almanac. State of New Hampshire. Retrieved 2015-11-02.
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