22812, SAB, $2.95
Date released: 2004
Perfect for school, community, or church use, this arrangement of the 19th century standard is Americana with a twist! It has a definite black gospel feel throughout, achieved by ad lib treatment of the melodies, extensive use of syncopated rhythms, and a relaxed but deliberate beat. The accompaniment is somewhat challenging and provides powerful support to the voices with jazz chord substitutions that energize the traditional harmonic structure. The voice parts are moderately difficult, with several instances of 3-part divisi for women, but there is a considerable portion written for unison voices, making this accessible to experienced high school and adult choirs. From the gentle start to the quasi-improvisational big finish, this piece inspires and encourages – suitable for a variety of programs! Be sure to check out the accompaniment options for a super-charged performance!