This in an outstanding collection of twelve African-American spirituals arranged for upper voices. Rosephanye and William C. Powell have collaborated with some of the most talented and respected spiritual arrangers in the United States to deliver specially commissioned, authentic settings. You'll find familiar melodies, such as 'Deep River' and 'Somebody's knockin' at yo' do'', alongside lesser-known spirituals, and a range of styles and moods extending from the aspirational to the celebratory. Many of the arrangements include a 'lead voice' part, allowing the opportunity for solo singing, and idiomatic piano parts support the voices for the accompanied spirituals; piano reductions are included for the unaccompanied arrangements. This inspirational journey through the African-American spiritual tradition is sure to captivate and delight all upper-voice choirs.
- Arrangements in tow, three, or four parts
- 'Lead Voice' parts for three arrangements
- Accompanied and unaccompanied
- Piano reductions for a capella arrangements
- Authentic arrangements by specialists
- Range of styles and moods
Edited by Rosephanye Powell and William C. Powell
Rosephanye Powell is a singer, arranger, and widely published composer. A graduate of the Florida State University, Westminster Choir College, and Alabama State University, she has distinguished herself as a researcher and interpreter of the African-American spiritual. She has served as a consultant for nationally syndicated radio, published articles on the subject, and presented lectures and performances at high schools, colleges, universities, music organizations, and churches around the United States. Her spiritual arrangements have been commissioned by nationally and internationally recognized professional choral groups and conductors. She was appointed Professor of Voice at Auburn University in 2001.
William C. Powell holds degrees from Alabama State University, Westminster Choir College, and the Florida State University. In 2001 he was appointed Associate Professor and Director of Choral Activities at Auburn University, where he conducts the chamber choir, concert choir, men's chorus, and gospel choir; he also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in choral conducting, choral techniques, and choral arranging. In demand as a conductor, adjudicator, and choral music arranger, he has conducted All-State Choirs and at Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney World, and many choral festivals. He has lectured and presented at conference and workshop sessions for state, regional, national, and international meetings. His choral arrangements are published by Hal Leonard and Gentry Publications.
"Most published arrangements reflect as much the style of the arranger as of the original material, but here the editors have commissioned settings from distinguished spiritual arrangers in the United States that feel authentically part of the tradition . . . The wide range of difficulty partly reflects the arrangements themselves but also how the editors have offered alternatives that can lessen the demands of the more difficult ones. The preface and performance note, covering the history, meaning of the texts and performance practice, deserve to be read widely."
Stephen Patterson, Church Music Quarterly September 2011