This spiritual is full of joy, though it comes from a tumultous time. This arrangement uses rhythmic passages and complex harmonies at times to convey what it means to escape this life of toil. An excellent
This arrangement of the classic spiritual uses vocal jazz techniques and expanded harmonies to lift the text off of the paper, resulting in an unquestionably cool and fun setting. Performed and recorded by
This is an incredibly dynamic newly-composed spiritual with a rhythmic drive that is true to the spiritual and gospel style. This would make a fantastic concert closer for any performance.
This classic and timeless arrangement is smooth, flowing, and richly harmonized, offering a chance for an outstanding mezzo-soprano soloist to shine.
This setting of the familiar spiritual Soon I Will Be Done is a complete rethinking of the presentation of this traditional work. While other settings exist, none treat the source material with
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Trouble the Water combines three well-loved spirituals: Wade in the Water, I Wanna Die Easy, and Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel to create an incredibly effective and dynamic work. All of
This setting builds from melancholy reflection to an outpouring of joy, with tempo changes, solo fragments, a little divisi, and some rhythmic diversity along the way. Some extended vocal lines, with quite
This setting of the classic American folk hymn begins with a piano introduction leading to a solo voice singing the first verse in a traditional way. Then as the choir enters, more modern, rhythmic ideas
"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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Were You There? is a meditation for baritone and chorus written for American baritone Charles Wesley Evans. The piano accompaniment is a transcription of an improvisation by Patrick Dupré Quigley.
This setting of We Shall Overcome, a key anthem of the civil rights movement is both dynamic and well crafted. Great attention has been paid to the construction of the vocals, which throughout the work act
Li'l David, written for double treble chorus, is a wonderful and challenging work for advanced treble choirs. The way the two SSA choirs play off of one another is mesmerizing, natural, and
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 beautiful arrangement marries the traditional African-American spiritual melody of Steal Away with a quasi-improvisational ostinato accompaniment over a wonderfully written solo/group part. Suitable
Rhythmic, driving, and intense, this is a rich selection for three-part treble choruses. A lesser-known spiritual speaking to themes of home, journey, and trial, this is an accessible and dynamic
This arrangement of Travelin' Shoes is a driving and unique interpretation. Excellent vocal construction makes for vocal lines that are fun to sing, highly achievable, and will be a dramatic
The first movement from Averitt's collection of four American shape note folk songs and hymns. Though presented traditionally both melodically and harmonically in the choral lines, the four hand piano
The second movement from Averitt's collection of four American shape note folk songs and hymns. This upbeat rendition of the American folk hymn features a dynamic four hand piano accompaniment that sets a
The fourth and final movement from Averitt's collection of American shape note folk songs and hymns. This setting is presented with a festival style four hand piano accompaniment that establishes a fast and
The incomparable Uzee Brown has set this dynamic traditional spiritual for tenor-bass voices. Fantastic vocal lines with expansive ranges are supported by a solid piano accompaniment along with solo
Freshly arranged, this a cappella setting of the well-known spiritual presents a rhythmic harmonization in an upbeat texture that will appeal to better choirs. The integrity of the spiritual is upheld,
This third movement from Averitt's collection of American shape note folk songs and hymns is Let Me Go. Presented in an a cappella setting that retains the style and traditional open harmonic
An extended introduction hints at the excitement to come with melodic fragments and original material that erupt into a rhythmic and driving setting of this well-loved Spiritual. Fun to sing, with
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