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Craig McLeish : The Negro Speaks of Rivers : SATB : Songbook : 884088996130 : 1780387938 : 14042196

Craig McLeish : The Negro Speaks of Rivers

Craig McLeish writes of The Negro Speaks of Rivers; Langston Hughes (1902-1967) was the first black American to earn his living from writing. He was an innovator of jazz poetry, becoming part of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s and 1930s. He wrote plays, short stories, novels, and his poetry was widely read. He was also a journalist, columnist and lecturer. The Negro Speaks of Rivers was perhaps his earliest published work, written when only 17 and while travelling by train to Mexico to visit his father. As the train crossed the Mississippi he suddenly began thinking about how rivers had impacted on Negro history, particularly in the fight against slavery. The four rivers mentioned in the poem lent themselves to using musical influences from those particular regions.

Songlist: I've Known Rivers, The Congo, The Euphrates, The Mississippi, The Nile

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Voicing: SATB | 6911b | Songbook | $7.95 | A Cappella


Joel Thompson : The Caged Bird Sings for Freedom : SATB divisi : Songbook : 888680901424 : 00287118

Joel Thompson : The Caged Bird Sings for Freedom

Commissioned by the professional choir Exigence and using the famous Maya Angelou text The Caged Bird, here is a concert setting for the very best choirs. The powerful message is perfect for modern times.

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Voicing: SATB divisi | Performed by Exigence | 70636b | Songbook | $4.95


John W. Work : American Negro Songs - 230 Folk Songs : SATB : Songbook : 9780486402710 : 06-402711

John W. Work : American Negro Songs - 230 Folk Songs

From joyous gospel to deeply felt blues, this wonderful collection contains vintage songs sung and played through the years by black Americans - at work, in church and for pure entertainment. included are spirituals, blues, work songs, and a variety of social and dance songs. This book was originally compiled by Dr. John Work, the noted musicologist affiliated with Fisk University and the celebrated Fisk Jubilee Singers and is a indispensable treasury of music for singers seeking a comprehensive sourcebook of black American folk music.

Songlist: Origins, Spirituals, The Blues, Work Songs, Social and Miscellaneous, The Songs

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Voicing: SATB | 9590b | Songbook | $12.95 | A Cappella


Joseph Martin : Of Faith and Freedom : SATB : Songbook : 747510183525 : 1592351816 : 35015834

Joseph Martin : Of Faith and Freedom

Celebrate our legacy of liberty and the foundations of our faith with this thoughtful new choral collection from the pen of Joseph Martin. Newly composed chorals and arrangements mingle with bestsellers to create a work of uncommon power and emotion. Included in this inspiring compilation are optional religious and civil service suggestions to make your presentation a meaningful and affirming declaration of our treasured values.

Songlist: If My People, Once To Every Man And Nation, Song for the Unsung Hero, God of Our Fathers, Faith of Our Fathers, Prayer for our Time, Our Heritage of Faith

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Voicing: SATB | 4221b | Songbook | $7.95 | With Piano


Langston Hughes : Dream of Freedom : SATB : Songbook : 884088518851 : 08711531

Langston Hughes : Dream of Freedom

The poetry of Langston Hughes inspires this 25-minute choral suite, telling a story of many aspects of life, prayer, love, death, and perseverance. Through it all, these elements play into our constant struggle to be free, where freedom means more than just a word. For SATB voices, soloists and piano, movements include: Wisdom, Feet o' Jesus, Silence, Lonesome Corner, Autumn Thought, Still Here, Dream of Freedom, Words Like Freedom. Total Duration: ca: 25:00.

Songlist: Wisdom, Silence, Lonesome Corner, Feet O' Jesus, Still Here, Words Like Freedom

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Voicing: SATB | 4237b | Songbook | $5.95


Margaret Hamilton : Sing Freedom! : 2 Parts Unison : Songbook : 884088465308 : 0853601585 : 14030299

Margaret Hamilton : Sing Freedom!

Margaret Hamilton. This unique collection of songs from South Africa contains 35 songs of the people, performed in churches, workplaces and at gatherings. This book provides the first opportunity for churches, schools and colleges to perform these wonderful songs of liberation and Christian praise. Transcribed and introduced, including performance notes, by Maggie Hamilton and written for unaccompanied voices with guitar symbols for use with unison or two-part singing. The simplicity of many of the tunes and remaining parts makes them suitable for playing on glockenspiels, recorders or other melodic instruments. Published by Novello in association with Christian Aid. Foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Songlist: Nkosi Sikelel'i Afrika (Lord Bless Africa), Inzima Lendleha (This Road is Heavy, Uthando Lwakhe (God's Love), Thuma Mina (Send Me), Tumelo Yaka ha Nkeke ka e Lathla (My Faith, I Will Never Lose It), Abasunda Nabamhlope (Blacks and Whites), Thula Sizwe (Be Silent, Nation), Tshollela Moya wa Hao, Jesu ( Pour Down Your Spirit, Lord), Hamba Vangeli (Spread the Word), Monateng Kapele (In Joy We Will Be Together), Say'ilim' Ingqolowa (We Are Ploughing Wheat), Lerato la Jeso le a Makatsa (The Love of Jesus is Wonderful), Siku rin Gwana (One Day), Ehlatin'e Lusaka (In Lusaka Bush), Studente sal Nooit Verloor (Students Will Never Lose), Stop Killing Our Children

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Voicing: 2 Parts Unison | 5034b | Songbook | $15.95


Maya Angelou : Like Dust I Rise - Male Voices : TTBB : Sheet Music Collection

Maya Angelou : Like Dust I Rise - Male Voices

"Like Dust I Rise" is a choral song cycle from the poems of Maya Angelou which can be performed separately or as a set. "Equality" - This contemporary gospel-style rouser denounces oppression and serves as a choral anthem for equal rights. A confident solo voice helps deliver a determined message in the unwavering words of Maya Angelou. "On the Pulse of Morning" - Angelou's audio recording of "On the Pulse of Morning" won a Grammy Award for "Best Spoken Word" in 1994. Mark Hayes opens with a resounding "See Me Rise" choral fanfare before presenting the hope-filled latter half of the poem with rhythmic exuberance. "Caged Bird" - A folk-like setting of Maya Angelou's empowering poem, which compares a bird's longing to be liberated with that of all people. Hayes chooses a minor key with plenty of harmonic tension and a walking tempo that suggests the footsteps of those who have come before. The final Picardy third is the ultimate symbol of freedom. "Still I Rise" - Maya Angelou's most popular poem about triumph over adversity comes brilliantly to life in this vivid setting by Mark Hayes. The bright shuffle tempo and bluesy piano riffs perfectly embody Angelou's strength, courage, and determination to rise above. One of the most uplifting choral selections of our time!

Songlist: Equality, On the Pulse of Morning, Caged Bird, Still I Rise

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Voicing: TTBB | 1070b | Sheet Music Collection | $7.95 | With Piano


Maya Angelou : Like Dust I Rise - Mixed Voices : SATB : Sheet Music

Maya Angelou : Like Dust I Rise - Mixed Voices

"Like Dust I Rise" is a choral song cycle from the poems of Maya Angelou which can be performed separately or as a set. "Equality" - This contemporary gospel-style rouser denounces oppression and serves as a choral anthem for equal rights. A confident solo voice helps deliver a determined message in the unwavering words of Maya Angelou. "On the Pulse of Morning" - Angelou's audio recording of "On the Pulse of Morning" won a Grammy Award for "Best Spoken Word" in 1994. Mark Hayes opens with a resounding "See Me Rise" choral fanfare before presenting the hope-filled latter half of the poem with rhythmic exuberance. "Caged Bird" - A folk-like setting of Maya Angelou's empowering poem, which compares a bird's longing to be liberated with that of all people. Hayes chooses a minor key with plenty of harmonic tension and a walking tempo that suggests the footsteps of those who have come before. The final Picardy third is the ultimate symbol of freedom. "Still I Rise" - Maya Angelou's most popular poem about triumph over adversity comes brilliantly to life in this vivid setting by Mark Hayes. The bright shuffle tempo and bluesy piano riffs perfectly embody Angelou's strength, courage, and determination to rise above. One of the most uplifting choral selections of our time!

Songlist: Equality, On the Pulse of Morning, Caged Bird, Still I Rise

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Voicing: SATB | 9908b | Sheet Music | $7.95


Maya Angelou : Like Dust I Rise - Female Voices : SSAA : Sheet Music Collection

Maya Angelou : Like Dust I Rise - Female Voices

"Like Dust I Rise" is a choral song cycle from the poems of Maya Angelou which can be performed separately or as a set. "Equality" - This contemporary gospel-style rouser denounces oppression and serves as a choral anthem for equal rights. A confident solo voice helps deliver a determined message in the unwavering words of Maya Angelou. "On the Pulse of Morning" - Angelou's audio recording of "On the Pulse of Morning" won a Grammy Award for "Best Spoken Word" in 1994. Mark Hayes opens with a resounding "See Me Rise" choral fanfare before presenting the hope-filled latter half of the poem with rhythmic exuberance. "Caged Bird" - A folk-like setting of Maya Angelou's empowering poem, which compares a bird's longing to be liberated with that of all people. Hayes chooses a minor key with plenty of harmonic tension and a walking tempo that suggests the footsteps of those who have come before. The final Picardy third is the ultimate symbol of freedom. "Still I Rise" - Maya Angelou's most popular poem about triumph over adversity comes brilliantly to life in this vivid setting by Mark Hayes. The bright shuffle tempo and bluesy piano riffs perfectly embody Angelou's strength, courage, and determination to rise above. One of the most uplifting choral selections of our time!

Songlist: Equality, On the Pulse of Morning, Caged Bird, Still I Rise

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Voicing: SSAA | 9909b | Sheet Music Collection | $7.95


Natalie Curtis Burlin : Negro Folk-Songs : Songbook : 9780486418803 : 06-418804

Natalie Curtis Burlin : Negro Folk-Songs

This collection of Negro folk songs represents a faithful effort to place on paper a precise record of old traditional plantation songs, exactly as they were sung by black students at Virginia's Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute. Dedicated to the education of former slaves, this nineteenth-century establishment was home to some 900 students from all parts of the United States. The songs were compiled by musicologist Natalie Curtis-Burlin, whose brilliant and careful notation presents a vivid transcription of actual performance. Included here are precise scores of nineteen spirituals, work-songs, and play-songs in four sections, each notated for male quartet, with a piano reduction of the vocal parts. From such spirituals as "Go down, Moses," "Couldn't hear nobody pray," "O ev-ry time I feel de spirit," and "Good news, chariot's comin'!" to more secular melodies such as "Cott'n-pickin' Song," "Hammerin' Song," "Liza-Jane," and "Lullaby," each piece is preceded by a detailed analysis of the music. In addition, all four sections feature thorough, engaging introductions that discuss the social context of the times, the people, and their music. Students, musicians, and musicologists interested in the priceless contributions of African Americans to the folk music of the United States will treasure this unique volume.

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4219b | Songbook | $12.95


Ron Kean : The Journey of Harriet Tubman : SATB : Songbook : 888680910907 : 00288342

Ron Kean : The Journey of Harriet Tubman

This 5-movement, multi-media, Choral Drama honors one of the great heroes of the emancipation era. Scholars have no idea how these spirituals were performed before the Civil War, but they agree that there was probably very little European influence. Dr. Kean's goal was to compose and arrange music in a style that is evocative of the enslaved Africans' frame of mind based upon their west African musical heritage and in their sociological context. He chose to accompany the spirituals with kalimba (thumb piano) to honor the west African tradition of connecting with ancestors and the marimba to sound like the west African balafon. Medium to difficult.

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Voicing: SATB | 70703b | Songbook | $14.95


Ron Kean : The Journey of Harriet Tubman : SSAA : Songbook : 888680910921 : 00288345

Ron Kean : The Journey of Harriet Tubman

This 5-movement work pays tribute to one of the great heroes of the emancipation era. Ron Kean brings authentic expression to the spirituals that served mulitiple functions for the African-Americans of that time. The African heritage sings true in the renderings he offers, and the journey of those who sacrificed becomes a story we can relive and honor. A simple percussive accompaniment provides the foundation for a truly artistic expression that will move an audience to tears. Medium to difficult.

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Voicing: SSAA | 70704b | Songbook | $14.95


Various Artists : Slave Songs of the United States : Songbook : 9780486285733 : 06-285731

Various Artists : Slave Songs of the United States

This 1867 landmark book represents the first systematic effort to collect and preserve the songs sung by the plantation slaves of the Old South. Most of the 130 songs, arranged by geographic area, were recorded directly from the singers themselves. Includes the melody line and all known verses to each song.

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4216b | Songbook | $10.95


Individual Folios

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Equality : SATB : Mark Hayes : Songbook : 00-46419 : 038081527987

Mark Hayes : Equality

This contemporary gospel-style rouser denounces oppression and serves as a choral anthem for equal rights. A confident solo voice helps deliver a determined message in the unwavering words of Maya Angelou. If performing as a set, an alternate ending segues directly into the closing movement of Like Dust I Rise. When performing separately, Mark Hayes includes an upward modulation that propels us to the final, most spirited refrain.

Arranger: Mark Hayes | Poetry By: Maya Angelou

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.15 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-46419 | Showtrax CD Available


Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning : SATB : Kirby Shaw : Sheet Music : 00339452 : 840126915013

Kirby Shaw : Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burningnew

This wonderful song from the Underground Railroad movement is full of emotions. Those emotions are carefully captured here giving your singers the opportunity to pour themselves into this important music from an important time.

Arranger: Kirby Shaw

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.10 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00339452


Stand Up (from Harriet) : 3-Part Mixed : Joshuah Campbell : Joshuah Campbell : Harriet : Sheet Music : 00371375 : 840126994957 : 1705148131

Joshuah Campbell : Stand Up (from Harriet)new

The dramatic song Stand Up, from the movie, Harriet, depicts the determined mindset of Harriet Tubman as she led escaped slaves out of the South to freedom in the North. Song themes highlight courage, perseverance, and care for others, important historical issues and present day as well.

Composer: Joshuah Campbell | Musical: Harriet

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Voicing: 3-Part Mixed | Sheet Music | $2.50 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00371375


We Shall Overcome : 3-Part Mixed : Rollo Dilworth : Sheet Music : 00397411 : 196288049876 : 170515879X

Rollo Dilworth : We Shall Overcomenew

We Shall Overcome became a prominent theme song in the early days of the Civil Rights Movement. This song was often referenced in the speeches and sermons of Dr. Martin Luther King. The day after the funeral of Martin Luther King, blacks and whites held hands in the streets of Atlanta and sang this anthem of unity and social justice.

Arranger: Rollo Dilworth

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Voicing: 3-Part Mixed | Sheet Music | $2.15 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00397411


We Shall Overcome : 2-Part : Rollo Dilworth : Sheet Music : 00397412 : 196288049883 : 1705158803

Rollo Dilworth : We Shall Overcomenew

We Shall Overcome became a prominent theme song in the early days of the Civil Rights Movement. This song was often referenced in the speeches and sermons of Dr. Martin Luther King. The day after the funeral of Martin Luther King, blacks and whites held hands in the streets of Atlanta and sang this anthem of unity and social justice.

Arranger: Rollo Dilworth

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $2.15 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00397412


A Universal Dream : SSAA : Jenni Brandon : Jenni Brandon : Sheet Music : SBMP1058 : 608938358486

Jenni Brandon : A Universal Dream

The text expresses the universal message of liberty and freedom. A unique piece for women, it is both theatric and ethnic in its style, with a rhythmic djembe drum and a text that includes various translations of the word liberty. To properly realize its dramatic impact, it is recommended for the large choir.

Composer: Jenni Brandon

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $2.35 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| SBMP1058


Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around : SSA : Rollo Dilworth : Sheet Music : 00114508 : 884088874407

Rollo Dilworth : Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around

This Freedom Song was sung as an anthem of protest during the Civil Rights Movement to spread the message of faith, determination and perseverance of the people who sang them. The composer has combined this with original music to the words of the Langston Hughes poem Words Like Freedom to create a wonderful showcase for treble voices.

Arranger: Rollo Dilworth | Poetry By: Langston Hughes

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00114508


America, the Dream : SATB : Rollo Dilworth : Rollo Dilworth : Sheet Music : 00254529 : 888680721527

Rollo Dilworth : America, the Dream

Written as a celebration of singing for racial and social justice this powerful work sets the 11th stanza of the Langston Hughes poem Freedom's Plow. Opening with a quote from America (My Country, 'Tis of Thee), the listener is reminded of one of America's most important ideals - freedom. This work serves as a prequel to Rollo's 2009 setting of the poem's 12th and final stanza, also entitled Freedom's Plow (00114463). The two pieces can be performed separately or as a set.

Composer: Rollo Dilworth | Poetry By: Langston Hughes

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.50 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00254529


Because All Men Are Brothers : SATB : Robert DeCormier : Johann Sebastian Bach : Sheet Music : 00-45586 : 038081513256

Robert DeCormier : Because All Men Are Brothers

Originally released in the 1940s, this strong message of justice and unity continues to speak to the hearts and minds of those who hear it. Recorded by a variety of artists including The Weavers, and Peter, Paul, and Mary, this arrangement includes an additional verse written by Pete Seeger.

Arranger: Robert DeCormier | Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.90 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-45586


Blowin' in the Wind : SATB : Mac Huff : Bob Dylan : Sheet Music : 00287589 : 888680905033

Mac Huff : Blowin' in the Wind

Written by Bob Dylan and covered by countless artists, this protest song from the 1960s raises questions about peace, war and freedom. The answers are there, but not easy to find. This beautiful folk song is perfect for your concert setting and important for your students as they explore recent American history.

Arranger: Mac Huff Performed By: Bob Dylan

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00287589 | Showtrax CD Available


Blowin' in the Wind : SAB : Mac Huff : Bob Dylan : Peter, Paul & Mary : Sheet Music : 00287590 : 888680905040

Mac Huff : Blowin' in the Wind

Written by Bob Dylan and covered by countless artists, this protest song from the 1960s raises questions about peace, war and freedom. The answers are there, but not easy to find. This beautiful folk song is perfect for your concert setting and important for your students as they explore recent American history.

Arranger: Mac Huff | Composer: Bob Dylan Performed By: Peter, Paul & Mary

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00287590 | Showtrax CD Available


Blowin' in the Wind : 2-Part : Mac Huff : Bob Dylan : Peter, Paul & Mary : Sheet Music : 00287591 : 888680905057

Mac Huff : Blowin' in the Wind

Written by Bob Dylan and covered by countless artists, this protest song from the 1960s raises questions about peace, war and freedom. The answers are there, but not easy to find. This beautiful folk song is perfect for your concert setting and important for your students as they explore recent American history.

Arranger: Mac Huff | Composer: Bob Dylan Performed By: Peter, Paul & Mary

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00287591 | Showtrax CD Available


Dream of Freedom : 2-Part : Rollo Dilworth : Sheet Music : 00215277 : 888680664411

Rollo Dilworth : Dream of Freedom

Original music to a text by Langston Hughes combine with the old spiritual Oh, Freedom to create a gospel showcase for young singers that will build vocal and performance skills through the message of freedom for all. Perfect for honor choirs, MLK concerts and many other types of programs.

Arranger: Rollo Dilworth | Poetry By: Langston Hughes

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $2.10 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00215277


Ella's Song : SATB : Bernice Johnson Reagon : Sweet Honey In The Rock : Sheet Music : 08749911 : 884088350932

Bernice Johnson Reagon : Ella's Song

Dedicated to Civil Rights pioneer Ella Baker, this song by Sweet Honey in the Rock founder Bernice Johnson Reagon is a powerful song of courage and struggle. "we who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes"

Arranger: Bernice Johnson Reagon Performed By: Sweet Honey In The Rock | Country: United States

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.25 | A Cappella | video
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08749911


Equality : SSAA : Mark Hayes : Sheet Music : 00-46420 : 038081527994

Mark Hayes : Equality

This contemporary gospel-style rouser denounces oppression and serves as a choral anthem for equal rights. A confident solo voice helps deliver a determined message in the unwavering words of Maya Angelou. If performing as a set, an alternate ending segues directly into the closing movement of Like Dust I Rise. When performing separately, Mark Hayes includes an upward modulation that propels us to the final, most spirited refrain.

Arranger: Mark Hayes | Poetry By: Maya Angelou

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $2.15 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-46420 | Showtrax CD Available


Equality : TTBB : Mark Hayes : Sheet Music : 00-46421 : 038081528007

Mark Hayes : Equality

This contemporary gospel-style rouser denounces oppression and serves as a choral anthem for equal rights. A confident solo voice helps deliver a determined message in the unwavering words of Maya Angelou. If performing as a set, an alternate ending segues directly into the closing movement of Like Dust I Rise. When performing separately, Mark Hayes includes an upward modulation that propels us to the final, most spirited refrain.

Arranger: Mark Hayes | Poetry By: Maya Angelou

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Voicing: TTBB | Sheet Music | $2.15 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-46421 | Showtrax CD Available


Festival of Freedom : SATB : Emily Crocker : Sheet Music : 47123028 : 073999107272

Emily Crocker : Festival of Freedom

Here's an ideal way to close a music festival or spring concert. Combining choir and band, this powerful setting traces America's roots through song, portraying the struggle for freedom and the pursuit of a dream. Using some of our most treasured folk songs, it paints a vivid picture of America's heritage. This dramatic finale will be a standard for your library for years to come. Includes: Shenandoah, Yankee Doodle, Cumberland Gap, The Banks of the Sacramento, Follow The Drinking Gourd, The Battle Cry of Freedom, The British Grenadiers, Chester, Old Joe Clark, The Yellow Rose of Texas, Deep River, America The Beautiful. Available: SATB, SAB, 2-Part, Concert Band. Performance Time: Approx. 7:00.

Arranger: Emily Crocker

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.50 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 47123028


Find The Cost of Freedom : TTB : Nick Page : Sheet Music : 08201987 : 884088113773

Nick Page : Find The Cost of Freedom

Stephen Stills wrote this song after visiting a Civil War battle site and the emotion is still potent today: "All the brave soldiers that cannot get older been asking after you....Find the cost of freedom buried in the ground." The a cappella texture makes it especially moving.

Arranger: Nick Page

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Voicing: TTB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08201987


Follow the Drinking Gourd : SATB : Glenda E. Franklin : Sheet Music : 35029192 : 884088945855 : 1480353930

Glenda E. Franklin : Follow the Drinking Gourd

Believed to be written after the Civil War, this American folk song is often credited as a spiritual based on the idea that the words are encoded escape instructions and a map for fleeing slaves on their way north. The supportive and interesting piano accompaniment can be enhanced with ad lib. percussion while the melody, harmony, text, and rhythm combine to create an unforgettable performance.

Arranger: Glenda E. Franklin

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 35029192


Follow the Drinking Gourd : SAB : Glenda E. Franklin : Sheet Music : 35029193 : 884088945862 : 1480353949

Glenda E. Franklin : Follow the Drinking Gourd

Believed to be written after the Civil War, this American folk song is often credited as a spiritual based on the idea that the words are encoded escape instructions and a map for fleeing slaves on their way north. The supportive and interesting piano accompaniment can be enhanced with ad lib. percussion while the melody, harmony, text, and rhythm combine to create an unforgettable performance.

Arranger: Glenda E. Franklin

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 35029193


Freedom Come : SATB : Ben Allaway : Sheet Music : SBMP67

Ben Allaway : Freedom Come

This fifth movement from "Bandari" is set in the style of a South African freedom song. Easy choral writing and a narrator soloist provide an uplifting experience. The words may be altered to suit the occasion, be it Christmas or a special celebration. The music builds to a dramatic climax. Wonderful way to close a program.

Arranger: Ben Allaway | Country: South Africa

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella | video
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| SBMP67


Freedom Come : TTBB : Ben Allaway : Sheet Music : SBMP68

Ben Allaway : Freedom Come

This fifth movement from "Bandari" is set in the style of a South African freedom song. Easy choral writing and a narrator soloist provide an uplifting experience. The words may be altered to suit the occasion, be it Christmas or a special celebration. The music builds to a dramatic climax. Wonderful way to close a program.

Arranger: Ben Allaway | Country: South Africa

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Voicing: TTBB | Sheet Music | $1.55 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| SBMP68


Freedom Come : SSAA : Ben Allaway : Sheet Music : SBMP133

Ben Allaway : Freedom Come

This fifth movement from "Bandari" is set in the style of a South African freedom song. Easy choral writing and a narrator soloist provide an uplifting experience. The words may be altered to suit the occasion, be it Christmas or a special celebration. The music builds to a dramatic climax. Wonderful way to close a program.

Arranger: Ben Allaway

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $2.05 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| SBMP133


Freedom Song : SATB : Robert Kyr : Robert Kyr : Sheet Music : 7708

Robert Kyr : Freedom Song

Written for the Conspirare Company of Voices and Craig Hella Johnson, this original work requires SATB soloists, SATB chorus (divisi) and some sort of percussion (the composer says "stick, or drum." ) Starting in the style of a slow spiritual, the piece builds in excitement as the four soloists (as well as some drawn from the chorus) improvise over the music. A thorough and thoughtful page of instructions is provided as to the overall performance and the improvisations (which are extensive and rhapsodic.) An amazing, energetic piece for your singers to encounter.

Composer: Robert Kyr

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Voicing: SATB | $2.80 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 7708


Freedom Songs : SATB : John Purifoy : 00285973 : 888680892470

John Purifoy : Freedom Songs

A confident medley of spirituals makes this octavo suitable for school, concert, or sanctuary stage. Showcasing the choir with solid SATB writing and a crafty piano part, this anthem is a call to liberty and a testament to the resiliency of the human spirit. Creatively set and arranged for success, your ensemble will love singing this collection of favorites and encouraging the listener in the celebration of freedom! Songs include: Oh, Freedom; Go Down, Moses; Slavery Chain Done Broke at Last.

Arranger: John Purifoy

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.10 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00285973


Freedom Train : SSAA : Rollo Dilworth : Rollo Dilworth : Sheet Music : 00215490 : 888680664701

Rollo Dilworth : Freedom Train

Now available for treble voices, written for the 50th anniversary of the Chicago Children's Choir, this jazz-infused gospel original was inspired by the great spirituals of the past. Marked by invigorating rhythms, bluesy melodies and full harmonies, this work makes a wonderful concert closer or mass-choir finale.

Composer: Rollo Dilworth

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00215490


Freedom Train : 2-Part : Linda Spevacek : Linda Spevacek : Sheet Music : 15-2383H : 9781429102759

Linda Spevacek : Freedom Train

Get on board the freedom train with this rousing original spiritual! The opening emulates the train beginning to roll down the tracks and the excitement picks up steam from there clear to the dynamic ending. The optional snare drum part adds texture and color to this creative gem, ideal for developing choirs. "Freedom train is comin', comin', Hallelu!"

Composer: Linda Spevacek

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 15-2383H


Freedom Train : 3-Part Mixed : Jill Gallina : Sheet Music : 35007311 : 747510063568

Jill Gallina : Freedom Train

Inspired by two railroad songs, Jill Gallina has created this fun, energetic partner-song called Freedom Train. It bounces along atop an accompaniment that runs like a train and keeps this energetic piece on track. Beginning with unison singing and independent part-singing, the surprise partner-song appears and magic happens.

Arranger: Jill Gallina

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Voicing: 3-Part Mixed | Sheet Music | $2.50 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 35007311


Freedom's Song : 2-Part : David A Perry : David A Perry : Sheet Music : 15-1253H : 000308032390

David A Perry : Freedom's Song

A joyous and spirited call for unity, patriotism, and peace. Extremely singable and memorable melodies. Inspiring original text. Ample opportunity for optional solo work throughout. Terrific selection for combining middle school or junior high and high school choirs. Some divisi for the men also included. Perfect concert finale. Don't miss this one!

Composer: David A Perry

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $1.95 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 15-1253H


Glory : SATB : Mark Brymer : Lonnie Lynn : John Legend : Sheet Music : 00145206 : 888680064839

Mark Brymer : Glory

The dramatic song by American rap artist and actor Common and singer/songwriter John Legend is featured in the historical film drama Selma, based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by Martin Luther King and other civil rights leaders of the time. A powerful learning opportunity for a new generation

Arranger: Mark Brymer | Composer: Lonnie Lynn Performed By: John Legend | TV/Movie: Selma

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00145206 | Showtrax CD Available


Glory : SAB : Mark Brymer : Lonnie Lynn : John Legend : Sheet Music : 00145207 : 888680064846

Mark Brymer : Glory

The dramatic song by American rap artist and actor Common and singer/songwriter John Legend is featured in the historical film drama Selma, based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by Martin Luther King and other civil rights leaders of the time. A powerful learning opportunity for a new generation!

Arranger: Mark Brymer | Composer: Lonnie Lynn Performed By: John Legend | TV/Movie: Selma

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00145207 | Showtrax CD Available


Glory : SSA : Mark Brymer : Lonnie Lynn : John Legend : Sheet Music : 00145208 : 888680064853

Mark Brymer : Glory

The dramatic song by American rap artist and actor Common and singer/songwriter John Legend is featured in the historical film drama Selma, based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by Martin Luther King and other civil rights leaders of the time. A powerful learning opportunity for a new generation!

Arranger: Mark Brymer | Composer: Lonnie Lynn Performed By: John Legend | TV/Movie: Selma

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00145208 | Showtrax CD Available


Harriet Tubman : SAB : Kathleen McGuire : Walter Robinson : Sheet Music : 00293558 : 888680937577 : 1540051390

Kathleen McGuire : Harriet Tubman

This outstanding best-seller and important choral work is now available for SSAB and TTBB voices. A cappella vocals build with a come on up followed by rhythmic vocals under the hypnotic melody penned by Walter Robinson. Layered under that is the sound of percussion imitating a train and vocal nuances resembling the sound of chains and a train whistle. Incredibly powerful and moving!

Arranger: Kathleen McGuire | Composer: Walter Robinson

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $2.10 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00293558


Harriet Tubman : TTBB : Kathleen McGuire : Walter Robinson : Sheet Music : 00293559 : 888680937584 : 1540051404

Kathleen McGuire : Harriet Tubman

This outstanding best-seller and important choral work is now available for SSAB and TTBB voices. A cappella vocals build with a come on up followed by rhythmic vocals under the hypnotic melody penned by Walter Robinson. Layered, under that, is the sound of percussion imitating a train and vocal nuances resembling the sound of chains and a train whistle. Incredibly powerful and moving!

Arranger: Kathleen McGuire | Composer: Walter Robinson

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Voicing: TTBB | Sheet Music | $2.10 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00293559


Harriet Tubman : SATB : Kathleen McGuire : Sheet Music : 35008908 : 747510185253

Kathleen McGuire : Harriet Tubman

Kathleen McGuire has created an outstanding arrangement of this glorious song originally penned by Walter Robinson. A cappella vocals that build with a "come on up" followed by rhythmic vocals under the hypnotic melody. Optional cabaca part suggested. Layered under that is the sound of percussion imitating a train and vocal nuances resembling the sound of chains and also a train whistle. Incredibly powerful and moving! It's a must for every choir's library.

Arranger: Kathleen McGuire | Country: United States

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 35008908


Harriet Tubman : TTBB : Rollo Dilworth : Rollo Dilworth : Sheet Music : 35030209 : 888680049287 : 1495012328

Rollo Dilworth : Harriet Tubman

Capturing the importance of the Greenfield poem and the dramatic story of Harriet Tubman's life, Rollo Dilworth has crafted a powerful new spiritual. Tubman was often referred to as a conductor of the Underground Railroad and as the Moses of her people. In recognition of these titles, musical themes from the spirituals If I Got My Ticket and Go Down, Moses have been incorporated into the score.

Composer: Rollo Dilworth

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Voicing: TTBB | Sheet Music | $2.50 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 35030209


Harriet Tubman : SSAA : Kathleen McGuire : Sheet Music : 35031384 : 888680657376 : 1495082717

Kathleen McGuire : Harriet Tubman

In a new SSAA voicing, this is an outstanding arrangement of the song originally penned by Walter Robinson and a timely honor as the anti-slavery activist's image will be on the new twenty dollar bill. A cappella vocals build with a come on up followed by rhythmic vocals under the hypnotic melody. Optional cabaca part helps to imitate a train along with vocal nuances resembling the sound of chains and a train whistle. Powerful and moving!

Arranger: Kathleen McGuire

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $2.10 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 35031384


His Light Still Shines : SATB Divisi : Moses Hogan : Sheet Music : 08703262 : 073999235289

Moses Hogan : His Light Still Shines

This moving work was commissioned by the Choral Arts Society of Washington in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and premiered at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. It was described by The Washington Post as a speaker's narration of the slain African American leader's accomplishments with a galvanizing chorus of pungent syncopations and emotional turbulence - of both the composer's own invention and assimilated spirituals. Available: SATB divisi. Performance Time: Approx. 14:40.

Arranger: Moses Hogan

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Voicing: SATB Divisi | Sheet Music | $2.50 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08703262


How Long? : SATB : Kirby Shaw : Sheet Music : 08745212 : 884088047832

Kirby Shaw : How Long?

How long will it be for freedom's light to shine on me? Call and response between soloist and choir dramatize the powerful plea for freedom in this extremely effective original spiritual.Available separately: SATB and SAB a cappella. Performance Time: Approx. 1:50.

Arranger: Kirby Shaw

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.60 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08745212


Hymn to Freedom : SATB : Paul Read : Sheet Music : 00225384 : 888680672577

Paul Read : Hymn to Freedom

One of Oscar Peterson's most heartfelt compositions and now once again available in the classic arrangements by Paul Read (SATB) and Seppo Hovi (SSA), this song has been embraced by choirs throughout the world. Now available with concert band and strings accompaniment arranged by Robert Buckley

Arranger: Paul Read

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.15 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00225384


Hymn to Freedom : SSA : Paul Read : Sheet Music : 00225430 : 888680672584

Paul Read : Hymn to Freedom

One of Oscar Peterson's most heartfelt compositions and now once again available in the classic arrangements by Paul Read (SATB) and Seppo Hovi (SSA), this song has been embraced by choirs throughout the world. Now available with concert band and strings accompaniment arranged by Robert Buckley

Arranger: Paul Read

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $2.15 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00225430


Hymn To Freedom : TTBB : Jim Clancy : Oscar Peterson : Sheet Music : 00325448

Jim Clancy : Hymn To Freedom

This arrangement was premiered by 2018 BHS International Chorus champion Vocal Majority to conclude their "swan song" set at the 2019 Barbershop Harmony Society International Convention in Salt Lake City, UT. Clancy's arrangement of this Oscar Peterson composition is simple, elegant, and powerful. Harriette Hamilton's lyric beautifully captures and communicates the spirit of inclusion and harmony of Peterson's composition, which has become a core characteristic of the BHS "Everyone in Harmony" initiative.

Arranger: Jim Clancy | Composer: Oscar Peterson

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Voicing: TTBB | Sheet Music | $3.20 | A Cappella |
00325448


I Have a Dream (with "We Shall Overcome") : 2-Part : Ruth Elaine Schram : Ruth Elaine Schram : Sheet Music : 15-2751H : 9781429124010

Ruth Elaine Schram : I Have a Dream (with "We Shall Overcome")

From her collection "Every Day's a Holiday" (30/2477H), Ruth Elaine Schram offers this powerful partner song that celebrates our freedom and equality. The lyrical original melody pairs with the traditional "We Shall Overcome" in vocal parts that are accessible and easily learned. Sensitive and thoughtful, this selection is perfect for young and developing choirs.

Composer: Ruth Elaine Schram

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $1.85 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 15-2751H


I Shall Not Be Moved : SSA : Rollo Dilworth : Sheet Music : 00139991 : 888680040475

Rollo Dilworth : I Shall Not Be Moved

Throughout their history, African American spirituals have been sung in a variety of contexts, from plantation fields to places of worship to concert halls. The genre has served the purpose of communicating messages of faith, hope, inspiration, equality and freedom. This setting has special significance related to the Civil Rights Movement and the struggle for justice and equality.

Arranger: Rollo Dilworth

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $1.90 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00139991


I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to be Free : SATB : Kirby Shaw : Billy Taylor : Sheet Music : 00139380 : 888680036751

Kirby Shaw : I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to be Free

This gospel/jazz song written by Billy Taylor and Dick Dallas is best known for the 1967 Nina Simone recording and makes a wonderful choral showcase testifying to the longing for freedom and justice for all people.

Arranger: Kirby Shaw Performed By: Billy Taylor

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00139380


I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to be Free : SAB : Kirby Shaw : Billy Taylor : Sheet Music : 00139381 : 888680036768

Kirby Shaw : I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to be Free

This gospel/jazz song written by Billy Taylor and Dick Dallas is best known for the 1967 Nina Simone recording and makes a wonderful choral showcase testifying to the longing for freedom and justice for all people.

Arranger: Kirby Shaw Performed By: Billy Taylor

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00139381


I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to be Free : SSA : Kirby Shaw : Billy Taylor : Sheet Music : 00139383 : 888680036782

Kirby Shaw : I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to be Free

This gospel/jazz song written by Billy Taylor and Dick Dallas is best known for the 1967 Nina Simone recording and makes a wonderful choral showcase testifying to the longing for freedom and justice for all people.

Arranger: Kirby Shaw Performed By: Billy Taylor

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00139383


I, Too, Sing America : tb : Gwyneth Walker : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 8051

Gwyneth Walker : I, Too, Sing America

"The Langston Hughes poem 'I, Too' is a powerful statement by an African-American writer. Although too often denied equal opportunity or respectful treatment in this country, the author claims his right as an American: 'I, too, sing America. The musical setting interprets this phrase literally. Not only does the author sing praises of his country, he also sings the words to the patriotic song, 'America' ('My Country, 'Tis of Thee,' lyrics by Samuel Francis Smith: 1808-1895). The text of this song has been adapted to include references to African-American experiences.

Composer: Gwyneth Walker | Poetry By: Langston Hughes

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Voicing: tb | Sheet Music | $2.60 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 8051


If I Had a Hammer : SATB divisi : Pete Seeger : Pete Seeger : Pete Seeger : Sheet Music : 00368408 : 840126968361

Pete Seeger : If I Had a Hammer

Craig Hella Johnson has become well known for outside the box programming, composing and arranging. Here is another great example. This folk song written by Pete Seeger and Lee Hays in 1949 in support of the Progressive movement and later made popular by Peter, Paul and Mary is here arranged with a driving motif If I Had A Hammer by SATB divisi chorus. Hand percussion underpins this motif and the melody floats above. A powerful video of this by Conspirare lives on YouTube.

Arranger: Pete Seeger | Composer: Pete Seeger Performed By: Pete Seeger

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Voicing: SATB divisi | Sheet Music | $3.10 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00368408


If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song) : SATB : Robert DeCormier : Pete Seeger : Pete Seeger : Sheet Music : 08201472 : 073999124125

Robert DeCormier : If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)

The incomparable arranging talents of Robert DeCormier combined with this legendary Pete Seeger song will be a musical inspiration for your choirs and audiences. This arrangement is based on DeCormier's classic arrangement for the Weavers. Don't miss it! Performance Time: Approx. 2:10.

Arranger: Robert DeCormier | Composer: Pete Seeger Performed By: Pete Seeger | Country: United States

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08201472

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