A M E R I C A N A / G O S P E L / S P I R I T U A L S
BRIGHT MORNING STARS
SSAATTBB, SSAA, or TTBB with piano (sbmp.com)
Soulful rendering of the gorgeous folk tune. A favorite for many.
SATB or TTBB with piano and soloists (sbmp.com)
An inspirational Easter piece in contemporary gospel style,
its “open” text makes it suitable for many performance settings
EZEKIEL SAW THE WHEEL
SATB with piano, flute, and string bass
Lively setting of the traditional spiritual
GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS
TTBB or SATB with piano, or with piano, solo fiddle, and strings
A crowd favorite every time, the rousing traditional tune packs a punch
in a setting both accessible yet full of canon and counterpoint
HEAVENLY HOME: THREE AMERICAN SONGS (boosey.com or halleonard.com)
1. Unclouded Day
2. Angel Band
SSATBB a cappella. A virtuosic “bluegrass” setting of well-loved 19th c. spiritual songs. "Unclouded Day" is high-spirited and grand, with an
energizing "bluegrass fugue" as a middle verse. "Angel Band" is flowing,
deep, and ultimately transcendent, with a beautiful countermelody that weaves between each verse.
"Hallelujah" brings the set to a close, as verses adorned with intricate counterpoint contrast with homophonic "Sacred Harp"-style refrains. (Also available from the publisher as individual pieces.)
I BLESS THE DAY
SATB with piano and violin
A lovely lesser-known Shaker tune about a deeply cherished spiritual
I’LL BE ON MY WAY
SATB with piano and soloist
Inspirational song that moves expresses spiritual freedom..
Constantly requested. Great bluegrass feel that communicates universally.
I’VE JUST COME FROM THE FOUNTAIN
SATB with piano and mezzo soloist
Wonderfully fun spiritual setting, inspired by the great version sung
by Kathleen Battle on her Spirituals album with Jessye Norman and
James Levine. A sure favorite of choirs. The traditional spiritual
material is enhanced with the addition a new introduction that
grounds the spiritual in the story of the Woman at the Well.
LORD, DON’T MOVE THE MOUNTAIN
SA(T)B with piano
A simple but very effective setting of the Doris Akers classic,
and a favorite of choral singers
MY FEET ARE TIRED BUT MY SOUL IS RESTING
SATB a cappella with soprano solo
Inspired by Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, this song by
Frances Smith Thomas was first premiered by Coretta Scott King.
An accessible, singable arrangement in the style of the classic Shaw/
Parker choral settings, with a dignified "march-like" feel.
O LET ME SHINE
2-part treble a cappella “ring shout”
O, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL CITY
SSAATTBB a cappella, or with piano
A hypnotic choral ostinato lends power to this dramatic spiritual setting,
with antiphonal textures and a great climax. Concert-ender.
RAIN COME DOWN
SATB or SSA with piano(sbmp.com)
Kirchner’s original folk setting touches the heart. Written in response
to the Columbine school shooting, the piece was a winner in the U. of Oregon’s “Waging Peace Through Singing” choral composition contest
THREE SHAKER SONGS
S(AT)B with piano
2-part vocal textures predominate in this accessible but inspirational
setting of three Shaker tunes: O Brethren Ain’t Ye Happy, Love is Little,
and Simple Gifts
SSATB a cappella, with optional guitar or banjo accompaniment
A medley of some of the greatest hits of the folk group, the Weaver’s,including “O When the Saints” and ending with the electric “Wimoweh.”
2-part treble a cappella, with optional hand percussion
Super fun! A sophisticated but easily singable setting with unforgettable lyrics that pleases both the students and the teacher.