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Treble: Spirituals



Here are the responses I have received so far regarding treble voiced,
up-tempo spirituals. Thanks to all who responded.

Dan Krunnfusz
Artistic Director, Madison Boychoir
Madison, WI USA

Children Go Where I Send Thee, arr. Caldwell, pub. earthsongs

Honor! Honor! arr. Hall Johnson

We have two very strong, up-tempo spiritual arrangments by
J. David Moore Mark Foster

Walk Him up the Stairs By "Bugs" Bower is also lots of fun but quite high.

WHO BUILD DE ARK? SSAA by David Bruner Boosey & Hawkes. It should be out
in a week or two. The number is OCTB7124.

Chariot's Comin'!" 2-part, but has a "descant" for the last 3 pages.
Besig/Price - Alfred Pub #4751

Ezekiel Saw de Wheel" by Moore It's tough (splits into 5-6 parts)

"Steal Away" Mark Gresham (Though not upbeat)

THIS TRAIN IS BOUND FOR GLORY arranged by Mark Hayes

Elijah Rock Jester Hariston (Must do)

For 2 part, (3 part at cadences and coda) a nice singable musical
Let Me Fly by Cristi Cary Miller: 2 part, (3 part at cadences and coda)
Hal Leonard 08551294

"Feel Good" and "Storm is Passin' Over" leap to mind. Boosey Hawkes

African Celebration" by Stephen Hatfield, Boosey Hawkes.

I would suggest you look at William Dawson's arrangements. He arranged a
number of his SATB spirituals for treble voices. His music is published by
Kjos.

Oh the Saviour's comin' Hallelu - Uzee Brown




Thanks again to all who responded with suggestions. While I am familiar
with most of the suggestions, there are some that are new to me that I will
be checking out.

Here are the rest of the suggestions that came in after the first compilation:

Stephen Hatfield's "Ain't That News", a cappella, moderately difficult
(looks worse on the page than it really is). Boosey & Hawkes #OCTB6907
(part of the Doreen Rao series). 3 part treble plus solo. A great piece
from all perspectives - fun to sing, fun to listen to, musically
challenging but not impossible, well written. . .

check out arrangements made by Jerry Noble (CliftonJ. Noble, Jr.),
published by Music-70. He did a bunch for Smith College (he was the
accompanist) and several have been picked up by Music-70.
Hold On - SSAA, M70-719
My Lord, what a Morning -SSA, M70-638
Swing Low - SSA, M70-718

"Joshua fit de battle" by Marylou India Jackson, SSAA with optional S solo,
Treble clef YC-107.

My women's chorus sang three spirituals arranged by Howard Roberts (?) -- not
sure of the name, exactly -- published by Lawson-Gould, and part of a cycle of
spirituals by this arranger called Heaven. We sang I Got a Robe, Good News,
and Steal Away. All slightly jazzy arrangements (jazz in the stylistic, not
descriptive, sense) . . . the Good News is particularly charming although the
voice leading is not always graceful. We finished off our very serious
program with these 3 pieces and they were quite a hit!

two Mark Hayes arrangements pub. by Hinshaw
THIS TRAIN IS BOUND FOR GLORY HMC-1301
GO DOWN MOSES (dont have number here)

"Ain't a That Good News" arr. William Dawson

"Goin' Up Yonder" and "The Storm Is Passing Over".
Can't remember the arrangers, but I'm pretty sure both are recent
publications by
Boosey & Hawkes.

"Freedom Come" by Ben Allaway begins slowly, is kind of a medium tempo piece,
but kicks in toward the end with some fun rhythms and is always very popular.
It is for SSAA, better known in the SATB version, published by Santa Barbara
Music Publishing.



Dan Krunnfusz
Artistic Director,
Madison Boychoir
Madison, WI, USA