Agnus Dei is the fifth and final movement of Dr. Thomas' Mass: A Celebration of Love and Joy. The text is in English, and the supercharged piano accompaniment supports the traditional
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Long considered "the" original version of this timeless spiritual. The true authenticity of the African-American musical heritage is captured in this Dawson rendition.
A very poignant song. Phrases such as "Hush little baby, don't you cry, you know your mama was born to die," or "Oh my brothers, I must leave you here behind," view the approach of death in terms of those
"And suddenly appeared with the angel a multitude of heavenly host praising God..." The text of this gospel original is inspired by the famous passage from the Gospel of Luke in which the angels appear,
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A masterful arrangement of this traditional spiritual! This a cappella setting with mezzo-soprano solo and bass divisi is full of lush, rich harmonies, wonderful choral lines, and a captivating interaction
Incorporating the spirituals Oh, What a Beautiful City and In Bright Mansions Above, this extraordinary work creates a poignant musical image of heaven. This is choral writing at its
This joyful American song speaks of how we will "all rise together" in the morning, reflecting on the idea of leaving the troubles of the world to embark on a better day. The hopeful text and cheerful
A superb arrangement of this well-known spiritual by prolific composer Stacey Gibbs! From the joyous opening, the energetic rhythms portray a picture of the hopeful text. A great festival piece, concert
This spiritual original uses three 19th-century melodies: the shape-note hymn The Promised Land and two Appalachian fiddle tunes, Santa Anna's Retreat and The Temperance Reel.
This beautiful a cappella setting of a traditional Shaker tune soulfully illustrates the essence of Shaker life - the amalgamation of beauty and utility. The text of this work song exemplifies the
Alice Parker has created a setting of this beautiful American song that is simple, authentic, and warm. A good chance to feature a soloist, with accompanimental choral parts beneath.
This artistic a cappella arrangement of the traditional spiritual is best described as light, fast, strong, and accented. Each of the voice parts carries the melodic ideas at different times, creating extra
This setting of an African American spiritual makes the most of its rich choral textures to set the emotional impact of the lyrics. The piano accompaniment adds just enough to support the voices while
The composer pulls out all the stops on this gospel piece. The piano part soars; the tenor soloist dramatically rises above the choir. Long a favorite of SATB choirs, tenor-bass choirs now have their chance
Based on words taken from Letter from a Distant Land by Philip Booth, and quoting the spiritual Get on Board, this is an impressive work for divisi mixed choirs at the collegiate
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