Root: The Haymakers

Series: American Music  Publisher: A-R Editions
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George F. Root
The Haymakers

Edited by Dennis R. Martin

A009-10 Root: The Haymakers
978-0-89579-192-4 Full Score (1984) 9x12, xviii + 205 pp.
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Although George F. Root is most often remembered for his Civil War songs, this "operatic cantata" shows him to have been a gifted and sensitive composer of music theater as well. The Haymakers represents the best of the dramatic cantata, a popular nineteenth-century genre that combined elements of American balladry with the oratorio, glee, and church music traditions made popular by Lowell Mason and his followers. The present edition is based on the original 1857 print published by Mason Brothers of New York, with all the missing accompaniments realized and with suggestions for mounting a modern, staged performance.
Part First
  No. 1. Recitative (Farmer): “Arouse ye, arouse ye”
  No. 2. Full Chorus: “Away to the meadows, away!”
  No. 3. Duet (Mary and Anna): “Sweet morn, how lovely is thy face”
  No. 4. Full Chorus: “To Him who made us”
  No. 5. Recitative (William): “Now steady swing your scythes”
  No. 6. Semi-chorus (Mowers): “With step firm and steady”
  No. 7. Recitative (Anna): “The sun has now drunk up the morning dew”
  No. 8. Semi-chorus (Spreaders): “Toss it hither, toss it thither”
  No. 9. Semi-choruses (Mowers and Spreaders): “Toss it” and “With step”
  No. 10. Recitative (Mary): “Higher and higher mounts the sun”
  No. 11. Song (Mary): “The birds have sought the forest shade”
  No. 12. Recitative (Farmer): “The hour of noon is here”
  No. 13. Chorus: “’Tis the farmer’s welcome call”
  No. 14. Quartet and Chorus: “Sweet after toil cometh rest”
  No. 15. Recitative (Farmer): “Refreshed now with vigor new”
  No. 16. Semi-choruses (Mowers and Spreaders): “Toss it hither” and “Hark to the cheerful sound”
  No. 17. Recitative (Farmer): “Prepare we now to close the labors of the day”
  No. 18. Full Chorus: “Come, follow, while gayly we rake up the hay”
  No. 19. Recitative (Mary): “In the west the sun declineth”
  No. 20. Trio and Chorus: “When wandering o’er the deep”
  No. 21. Song (Dairy Maid): “A dairy maid am I”
  No. 22. Chorus: “Softly the twilight fades”
  Serenade (William) and Dream-Song (Mary): “Mary, love, the world reposes” and “There’s none so brave as Willie”
Part Second
  No. 23. Full Chorus: “Good morning”
  No. 24. Recitative (Farmer): “How pleasant are those cheerful words”
  No. 25. Song (Farmer): “Blithely go we forth, ’tis our harvest day”
  No. 26. Chorus and Echo: “Light-hearted are we, and free from care”
  No. 27. Chorus (Men’s Voices): “How like some tented camp”
  No. 28. Recitative (Anna): “Joy, joy, it is not the tented field”
  No. 29. Song (Anna): “Scenes of happiness, I love ye”
  No. 30. Recitative (John): “The dew now is off”
  No. 31. Quintet: “How good is He, the Giver”
  No. 32. Chorus: “How sultry is the day”
  No. 33. Song (Farmer): “How hushed and still”
  No. 34. Full Chorus: “A shower! a shower!”
  No. 35. Song (John): “Now creaks the heavy wagon”
  No. 36. Full Chorus: “Shrouded is the sun”
  No. 37. Duet (William and Anna): “Lo! the clouds are breaking”
  No. 38. Full Chorus: “Rainbow! Rainbow!”
  No. 39. Solo (Mary) and Semi-chorus: “All nature now rejoices”
  No. 40. Finale. Full Chorus: “Harvest home”
After No. 2. Recitative and Song (Snipkins): “Heigho! How early the folks get up!” and “Some folks like the country”
After No. 6. Recitative and Fireman’s Song (Snipkins): “Stay! hold on!”
After Interlude. Recitative and Serenade (Snipkins): “My Katy’s a girl beyond compare”
After No. 30. Recitative (Snipkins) and Laughing Chorus: “No, not yet” and “Wasps! Wasps!”
After No. 34. Song (Snipkins): “Will anybody lend me an umbrella?”
David M. Kilroy, MLA Notes, December 1985; Andrew Lamb, Music & Letters, October 1985