Part 2 of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Archive Series: Colonial Life through a Lens.
Filmed in 1960, this docudrama explores how music in 18th-century Williamsburg was a ritual of everyday life—the accompaniment to everything from children's games to enslaved laborers to marching militia.
Even the simple sounds of an ordinary day seemed to mesh into a musical rhythm the beat of horses' hooves, the rustling of the wind, the clinking of tavern glasses. The architecture, furnishings, costumes, and settings of this era stimulate the senses, putting you in tune with another time in American history.
Extra features: "The Musical Instrument Maker of Williamsburg" (1976)—Experience the pride and precision that went into every instrument made in colonial America. Each part is handmade and carefully fitted by craftsmen as they create a small harpsichord, known as a spinet, and the period popular violin.
- Part 2 of our Archive Series
- 1960 docudrama on music's role in colonial life
- Run time 40 minutes
- Extra: "The Musical Instrument Maker of Williamsburg" (1976), 54 minutes
- WILLIAMSBURG exclusive!