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SPIRITUALS, HYMNS & GOSPELS (2)

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sheet music sample for male voice choirs
2 pages
God Be With You Till We Meet Again

These words have been set by many composers (including Vaughan Williams), but the popularity of the original melody (by William Toner, an obscure late 19th century American) continues as the one most frequently sung - and with the most fervour! An appropriate encore.  Piano or organ. Cat no 1537 - price code C - duration c.2'45"

audio music sample for male voice choirs
2 pages
Gospel Glory

A combination of three popular gospel songs from the "Bible belt", and an ideal way of ending the concert. The songs are: Just a closer walk with Thee; Do Lord, do remember me  and Lead me, guide me along the way. The setting is very rhythmic, encouraging clapping both during the performance and after it!  Piano. Cat no 1540 - price code E - duration c.5'45" 

2 pages
The Gospel Train

The railway system of the South was largely constructed with slave labour, and so the symbol of the river as the gateway to freedom, so common in the early spirituals, is here replaced by the railway.  Piano. Roberton Publications 53086 (please order direct) - price code X - duration c.2'40"

2 pages
How Can I keep from Singing?

The Lord of the Dance may be better known, but this fine Shaker hymn deserves its place in the repertoire. The Shaker sect was well-known for its simple lifestyle together with an exceptionally fervent form of worship, hence the "shaker" description.  Piano. Cat no 1564 - price code C - duration c.3'40"

sheet music sample for male voice choirs
2 pages

I stood on the River of Jordan

In many spirituals the image of a river is used as the dividing line between this world and eternity, and particularly the river Jordan. In Swing Low, Sweet Chariot we find "I looked over Jordan and what did I see, a band of angels coming after me", and there are dozens more references. This song is about a ship. "Shout 'Glory, Hallelujah' when you see that ship sail by". Piano. Cat no 1557 - price code D - duration c.2'30"

audio music sample for male voice choirs
sheet music sample for male voice choirs
2 pages

The Lord's Prayer

The Lord's Prayer is a text that has inspired countless musical settings from all over the world. This West Indies version from Trinidad is in characteristic calypso style. The infectious rhythm, evolving from a mix of both African and West Indian folk music, emerged about 200 years ago and is an integral part of the social and cultural life of the region.  Piano. Cat no 1561 - price code D - duration c.2'15"

audio music sample for male voice choirs
2 pages

Michael, Row the Boat Ashore

Spirituals often refer to Old Testament stories. Here, apart from the river being used (again) as a symbol of escape, (See I stood on the River of Jordan), there are several unconnected references; the building of Noah's ark and the story of Daniel in the lion's den is interwoven into the request to the archangel Michael. The arrangement is in gospel style.  Piano. Cat no 1552 - price code B - duration c.2'10"

2 pages
My Journey to the Sky

This little-known gospel song is associated with Sister Rosetta Tharpe. She quickly gained a national reputation in America as a singer-evangelist, accompanying herself in a vivid blues style on the guitar. My Journey to the Sky became a classic of the genre.  Piano. Cat no 1546 - price code C - duration c.3'10"

3 pages
Old Grey Robe

The first part of this unusual spiritual relates some Old Testament fragments- "The good book says that Cain killed Abel. He hit him on the head with the leg of a table". Then a lively chorus invites us to "Put on your old grey robe and your golden crown, and be ready when the great day comes".  Piano. Cat no 1503 - price code D - duration c.1'55" 

 

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