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SPIRITUALS, HYMNS & GOSPELS (1)

You can click on the mini-scores in the left-hand column to view some pages of the score. A musical sample in MP3 format is available for most of these male voice choir songs - click on the tree in the right-hand column to hear it. If you wish to download it for playing on your own sound system, right click on it and choose "save target/link as...".
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2 pages

All My Trials

An old Spiritual lullaby that was somehow transported to the Bahamas, where it was rediscovered and popularised by the folk singer Joan Baez. arr. Geoffry Russell-Smith. Unaccompanied. Cat No 1527 - price code B - duration c.2'-30"

 
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2 pages

Amazing Grace

John Newton, (1725-1807) a slave trader turned clergyman, became a celebrated hymn-writer while he was vicar of Olney (Bucks). He also wrote How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds and Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken. The tune is early American (1831) and the hymn has always been very popular, probably because its words describe its author so well. This male voice choir arrangement is in gospel style.  Piano or keyboard. Cat No 1551 - price code B - duration c.2'25"

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1st page

Coedmor

Commissioned by I Gôr Meibion De Cymru, this Welsh hymn tune, (to the words "Pan oedd Iesu dan yr hoelion yn nyfnderoedd chwerw loes") might appeal to Welsh choirs more than English ones, possibly because of its multiple "Amens" and absence of English words!  Piano or organ. Cat no 1531 - price code C - duration c.3'05"

 
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2 pages

Crimond

The words come from the Scottish Psalter of 1650 and are a version of Psalm 23. The melody was probably written (in 1872) by Jessie Irvine, daughter of the minister of Crimond (north of Aberdeen). Its enduring popularity was established when it was sung at the wedding of Princess Elizabeth in 1947 and at the silver wedding anniversary of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1948.  Piano or organ. Cat no 1550 - price code E - duration c.3'00"
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sheet music sample for male voice choirs
2 pages

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

When a poll is taken of favourite hymns, this one invariably appears in the top ten, and usually in the upper half. A harmonised version for male voice choir seems appropriate.  Piano or organ. Cat no 1520 - price code B - duration c.4'

 
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2 pages

Deep River

A poignant spiritual that many people associate with Paul Robeson. It is therefore perhaps not surprising that this male voice arrangement features the basses of the choir.  Unaccompanied. Cat no 1508 - price code C - duration c.2'40"

 
2 pages

Down by the Riverside

A very old spiritual that was originally known as Study War No More. It started out as a song associated with the slaves' struggle for freedom, but after the American Civil War (1861-65) it became a very high-spirited peace song for people who were fed up with fighting.  Piano with tenor/baritone solo. Cat no 1547 - price code D - duration c.2'40"

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Dry Bones

A jazzy, up-tempo version of an Old Testament miracle, apparently performed by Ezekiel, when he re-assembled hundreds of dry bones lying on the floor of a valley into a living, huge army. (See Ezekiel, chapter 37). "Dem bones, dem bones gonna walk around. Now hear the word of the Lord".  Not to be taken too seriously!  Piano. Cat no 1515 - price code E - duration c.2'

2 pages
Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit

On the whole, spirituals tend to fall into two categories. There are the 'sorrow songs', intensely moving and slow, (Sometimes I feel like a motherless child; Were you there when they crucified my Lord?) or the exciting, rhythmic, optimistic ones with their promises of heaven, (I stood on the River of Jordan; Old Grey Robe; Ride the Chariot). This male voice choir song is firmly in the latter group!  Piano. Cat no 1553 - price code C - duration c.2'30"

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Give Me Jesus

This spiritual selects Jesus as the slave's closest and most reliable friend. He is coming in person to gather up his friends and take them to heaven. (See My Journey to the Sky). Give Me Jesus shows a touching faith in that relationship. "You may have all this world. Give me Jesus".  Piano or organ with solo (any voice). Cat no 1563 - price code B - duration c.2'50"

 

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