Robert Jager, composer
Colonial Airs and Dances was commissioned by the Georgia Music
Educators Association in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of
their first In-Service Conference.
The work was premiered on January 24, 1987, performed by the Georgia
The five movements of this suite are based on songs from the American
Colonies written in the seventeenth century.
The melodies have a decided English flavor.
These settings feature the inherent musical character of each tune rather
than the text of the songs for their musical basis. The diverse instrumental
color within each movement significantly enhances the contemporary sound of