Blow Ye The Trumpet was originally composed as a chorus for as part of Kirke Mechem's Opera John Brown, based on the life of the abolitionist campaigner of the same name. It was later popularised in Songs of the Slave, a suite of works from the same opera. The text is adapted from a traditional hymn – said to be Brown’s favourite – with a new tune composed in the early American folk style.
Kirke Mechem (b. 1925) is an American composer, who has found worldwide popularity with his collection of over 250 compositions in almost every form. Blow Ye The Trumpet has been arranged here for SSAA chorus and Piano, with optional orchestral accompaniment.