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Black is the Color - Favorite arrangement?

Good evening!
I'd like to hear opinions on what you think is the most stirring arrangement out there of "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair."  My community group will be performing this for a February concert.  Thanks!
Dan McGarvey
on August 4, 2009 8:27am
Hi, Dan.
If you have a good clarinetist at your disposal, I highly recommend Rene Clausen's setting. It's beautiful and haunting.
on August 4, 2009 10:57am
Hi Dan:
Jacques Rizzo, one of the world's most prolific arrangers, has created a unique rendition of this chessnut, Black Is The Color.
You can check it out by going to
on August 5, 2009 5:01am
 Dan, my choice - if your choir is comfortable a cappella - is Norman Luboff's arrangement, published by Walton.  Spell-binding.   
Sheena Phillips
Columbus, Ohio
on August 5, 2009 5:54am
The one by James Erb.
on August 5, 2009 10:46am
 Dan, I seem to remember an absolutely gorgeous arrangement by Roger Wagner.  You might contact Jeannine Wagner for more information.
all best,
Adrienne Albert
on August 7, 2009 4:53am
I've just ordered Stuart Churchill's arrangement.  I'm a fan of folk song arrangements that alloow the tune to speak for itself.  This is beautiful, simple, but still artistic.  It's been recording by the Nova Singers, IL.
on August 10, 2009 10:00am
 I'm a big fan of Gene Puerling's arrangement for the Hi-Lo's. Haunting. You can see it performed here: 
Of course, it's TTBB, but it's great writing.
I also can't refuse the opportunity to plug my own arrangement - I wrote this for Treble choir a couple years ago. You can hear a recording of it at my myspace page - - it's the 4th track down.
 - Nate
on August 24, 2009 1:37pm
Dan: I have an arrangement that I would be happy to share. Send me your e-mail and I will send you a copy.
Jerome Malek
on August 27, 2009 1:37pm
Jacques Rizzo's rendition of "Black Is The Color" is amazing, you can hear  and see it by going to
This is a unique arrangement and one that will certainly bring fresh air to an old stand by.
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