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Settings of: King's "I Have a Dream" speech

Below is compilation of responses to my request for songs which
incorporate the words of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream"
speech. Thanks to everyone who contributed. - Denise Hayes

"I Dream A World" - Andre Thomas. The text is actually by Langston
Hughes, but it may be suitable for your needs.


I am artistic director of VOCES QUERETANAS, a choir
from Querétaro, México. We are making the world
premier of a cantata named LOS SUEÑOS (the dreams) by
mexican composer Arturo Márquez. Is a 5 parts cantata
and the 2nd.number has the text by Martin Luter King.
It is singing in spanish and with classical and
latin-american folk rithms ( son, milonga,habanera,
etc.) the work is for large orchestra, chorus,
dancers, actors and mezzo-soprano an bariton solos.

We'll sing it on October 20 in Queretaro and on 22 in
Guanajuato in the Cervantino International festival.

From: juarezlincoln(a)

Paul Brandvik has a version. I don't think it's published, but his email
is pbrandvik(a) It's a very moving piece.

Garrett Lathe
Sartell High School Choirs

Youth Chorale of Central Minnesota


Look at: I Have a Dream / Mary Donnelly / Arr. George Strid / Alfred
Publishing / Available 2-pt., SAB, SATB

It is not a quote of Dr. King's speech, but I think it captures the
spirit. I have used it successfully with middle school students.

Rusty Keesler

Adolphus Hailstork has a challenging piece for choir orchestra and soloists
which contains the entire speech. "Done made my Vow" is available through
the conductor. He can be reached at Old Dominion Univesity in Virginia
Beach, VA

Sandra D. Thompson
Director of Choral Studies
University of Central Oklahoma
100 N. University Drive Box 179
Edmond, Ok 73034
405-974-5172 405-974-3891 fax

Marthin Luther King Jr.'s famamous words are part of the choral
This Mass for mixed choir, solo, drums and speaker
also incudes quotations of Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul
II and others.
The premiere of this MASS was in Durban/Southafrica in September 2004.



composer - arranger - lyricist - author
international lecturer & choral conductor

A - 8324 KIRCHBERG A. D. RAAB 15
Tel.: 0043 664 100 49 45



Lots of wonderful arrangements of the spiritual "Free at last." Mine's
available at this web address:

Good luck!

-john hoffacker
Music Director, Church of the Epiphany, Plymouth, MN

Try "I Had A Dream" arranged by Kirby Shaw, don't know the publisher
info but could get it if you need it. I have used it a number of times,
really nice gospel feel and not hard, it's SATB with piano.


Max Exner has a nice arrangement of the entire text -- has exactly same
name. Max is very old now, but as witty as twinkley as ever. He lives
in Ames, Iowa. If you contact him, he'd be pleased. Let me know if you
need more info.
Jane Hulting

Denise - I don't know of a piece that uses the King speach as text but my
choir has a song that was inspired by it. If you wish to listen to it, go
to this link and look for the title, "I Have A Dream" - the page has
lyrics and sheet music to download as well for your perusal. Feel free to
give it a whirl and let me know if you are interested in using it.
Greg Amerind
Co-Director - Arizona Cactus Chorus

You might want to look at "I Have a Dream" by C. Edward Thomas,
commissioned by Armstrong High School in Minneapolis. The score says
it is copyright 1975 by Sound III, 1900 W. 47th Place, Mission, KS
66205. Sold by Belwin Mills.


Mel Unger
Baldwin-Wallace College
Berea, OH 44017

I notice that the one I used years ago with a children's choir is still
available. Just type in the Pepper number in the quick find at the left
side of pepper's page.


Alfred Publishing Inc

Qty Number Description Price
Pepper # 1705573 SATB $1.75

Pepper #1705581 SAB $1.65
Score Image
Pepper #1705599 Two-Part $1.65

Dorothy Anstice
Island Singers, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada

I'm forwarding your inquiry to JWPepper's national email contact. There is
a John Carter piece which I cannot recall the name of - a wonderful piece
actually - with narration containing the King, Jr. "I Have a Dream."


Dale G. Rider, MSacredMus, CAGO
Organist ~ Composer ~ Music Engraver

Staff Organist - Community of Christ (RLDS)
World Headquarters Complex
Independence, MO, USA

Yes, Teresa Jennings has out 2. One is called "I Have a Dream" and the
other (my favortie of the two) is called "Free At Last". Both are in
unison, however you could easily harmonize with the melody line.

Check out


Precious Lord Take My Hand arr. Ringwald

I have even had the speech recited over it while humming then returned and
sang it as printed.

Tom Ajack
Waukesha WI

Greetings -- Here are the 2 pieces I know of off the top of my head:

I Have a Dream - a short piece by Noel G. DaCosta
I Have Been To The Mountain - a larger work by John Carter

Dr. Hansonia L. Caldwell

Professor of Music and Africana Studies, and Program Director

African Diaspora Sacred Music and Musicians Program,

And Georgia and Nolan Payton Archive

of California State University, Dominguez Hills

Phone: 310/243-2463; Fax: 310/649-27578

E-mail: Hcaldwell(a)

I think Moses Hogans version of His Light Still Shines has references
to it. I am planning to do that piece with my college choir, it is
around 12 minutes in length and has several spirituals within it.
Goodluck and I hope this helps. I am away from my choral library or I
could give you more information on this topic. Sorry I couldnt be of
more help to you.


"I have a dream" by Max Exner, published by Abingdon Press in 1972. SATB
and narrator. I've not performed it, but a glance-through looks pretty
good. narrator only at the beginning. Doesn't contain the entire
speech, but some of the big highlights of the "I have a dream" section.

Good luck,

Josh Peterson

Try "I Dream A World" by Moses Hogan. Wonderful piece!

Good luck,

Vicki Taylor
Orangewood Pres. Church

hi, i have an unpublished SATB of it, it's Gospel-style, upbeat, with
piano accompaniment, not too complex (well, everything is relative). i
would be willing to share it with you for a minimal cost, i would love to
have it done somewhere else. it's been performed twice by two different
groups in Maine, but that's it...if it's for kids (i'm assuming from the
email), i know they'd like it (but it's an adult-oriented piece, and the
adults loved it too).

let me know. the lyrics are, word for word, except for one section, MLK's

best wishes.

~Faith York, Music Director
Peaks Island Chorale, Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church, The Uncalled
Four Quartet

From: FYonPI(a)