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There Is A Balm In Gilead

Traditional African American Spiritual

The “balm in Gilead” is a reference from the Old Testament, but the lyrics of this spiritual refer to the New Testament concept of salvation through Jesus Christ. The Balm of Gilead is interpreted as a spiritual medicine that is able to heal Israel (and sinners in general). In the Old Testament, the balm of Gilead is taken most directly from Jeremiah chapter 8 v. 22: "Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no healing for the wounds of my [God's] people?" (Another allusion can also be found in Jeremiah chapter 46, v. 2 and 11: “This is the message (of the Lord) against the army of Pharaoh Neco … Go up to Gilead and get balm, O Virgin Daughter of Egypt, but you multiply remedies in vain; here is no healing for you” - see also Jeremiah chapter 22, v. 6.)

The first appearance of the spiritual in something close to its current form is uncertain. A version of the refrain can be found in Washington Glass's 1854 hymn "The Sinner's Cure," where it is in 7s.6s.7s.6s rather than the Common Meter of today's refrain. Glass attributed this hymn to himself, but like several of the hymns so attributed, it is substantially the work of another.

    Release Date: 1854


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Chanticleer : Silver Jubilee Anthology : TTBB : 01 Songbook : Joseph Jennings : 08763200

Chanticleer : Silver Jubilee Anthology

To commemorate their twenty-fifth anniversary, Chanticleer has put together an anthology of some of their favorite songs. Edited by Matthew Oltman and conductor Joseph Jennings, this book is comprised of pieces from the Renaissance through the twentieth century. Selections include "Vox in rama" by Palestrina, "Fuggi, fuggi, dolor" by William Hawley and "There is a Balm in Gilead" arranged by Joseph Jennings. The book includes notes and translations for the pieces as well as performance suggestions. Also featured is a section of pictures of the group from the past twenty-five years.

Songlist: Vox in Rama , Hear My Prayer, O Lord , Credidi , So ben mi ch'a bon tempo, Voices of Autumn, Fuggi, fuggi, dolor, from Tre Rime di Tasso , Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind , Coventry Carol, Two Medieval Lyrics , Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair , Nelly Bly, All The Pretty Little Horses, Dulaman , An Oiche , Lost In The Stars , There Is A Balm In Gilead , Keep Your Hand On the Plow , There is no rose of such virtue

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Voicing: TTBB | Performed by Chanticleer | 7007b | Songbook | $19.95 | A Cappella


Clayton White : Tryin' to Get Ready  : SATB : 01 Songbook : G-6808

Clayton White : Tryin' to Get Ready

"My primary purpose in this effort is to preserve the rich heritage and the expressive power of the spiritual, while making the music accessible to most amateur and professional choral groups." -Clayton White From the Forward. These are some of the finest and most practical arrangements of spirituals ever published. Superbly arranged with an authentic choral sound. Priced to be affordable for the entire choir, with quality printing to last for years to come.

Songlist: Been in the Storm So Long , Blin' Man Stood on the Road and Cried, Calvary, Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel, Done Made My Vow to the Lord, Fix me, Jesus, Go, Tell it on the Mountain, Good News, Guide My Feet, Lord, Heavy Burdens, Hold On!, Hush! Somebody's Callin' My Name, If Anybody Ask You, In Bright Mansions Above, King Jesus Is A-listenin' , Lord, Don't Move the Mountain, Lord, I Ain't No Stranger Now, My Lord, What a Mournin', My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord, O Lord, Done Done What You Tol' Me to Do, Oh, Freedom!, Over My Head, Ride On, King Jesus, Rise Up, Shepherd, Steal Away, There Is a Balm in Gilead, This Train, Tryin' to Get Ready, Who Is That Yonder?, Yonder Come Day

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Voicing: SATB | 7673b | Songbook | $10.95 | A Cappella


Moses Hogan : Feel The Spirit : Mixed 5-8 Parts : 01 Songbook : Moses Hogan : 073999437034 : 0634058444 : 08743703

Moses Hogan : Feel The Spirit

With a foreward by Andre Thomas, this collection of Moses Hogan spiritual arrangements is a welcome addition to any director's library and is a fitting tribute to to this great American composer and conductor. Includes: Ain't That Good News, Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel?, Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit, Ezekiel Saw the Wheel, I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray, Joshua (Fit the Battle of Jericho), My Soul's Been Anchored in De Lord, Ride the Chariot, This Little Light of Mine, We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace and 26 more.

Songlist: Abide With Me, Ain't That Good News, The Battle of Jericho, Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel, Do Lord, Remember Me, Down By the Riverside, Elijah Rock, Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit, Ezekiel Saw De Wheel, God's Gonna Set This World on Fire, Good News, the Chariot's Comin', Great Day, Hear My Prayer, I Can Tell the World, I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray, I Got a Robe, I Know the Lord's Laid His Hands on Me, I Stood on the River of Jordan, I Want Jesus to Walk With Me, I Want to Be Ready, I Want to Thank You, Lord, I'm Gonna Sing 'til the Spirit Moves in My Heart, Jesus Lay Your Head in the Window, Little David, Play On Your Harp, Lord, I Want To Be A Christian, My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord, Oh Mary, Don't You Weep Don't You Mourn, Ride the Chariot, Standing in the Need of Prayer, Steal Away, and more

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Voicing: Mixed 5-8 Parts | 2833b | Songbook | $18.95 | A Cappella


Moses Hogan : Traditional Spirituals 3 : SATB divisi : Sheet Music : Moses Hogan

Moses Hogan : Traditional Spirituals 3

More of Moses Hogan's most exciting arrangements.

Songlist: I Know The Lord's Laid His Hands On Me, Little David, Play On Your Harp, Ride On, King Jesus, Standing In Need Of A Prayer, There Is A Balm In Gilead, Jesus Lay Your Head In The Window

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Voicing: SATB divisi | 3344b | Sheet Music | $9.98 | A Cappella


Rosephanye Powell (editor) : Spirituals for Upper Voices : SSAA Treble : 01 Songbook : 9780193805194 : 9780193805194

Rosephanye Powell (editor) : Spirituals for Upper Voices

This in an outstanding collection of twelve African American spirituals arranged for upper voices in two, three, or four parts. Rosephanye and William Powell have collaborated with some of the most talented and respected spiritual specialists in the US to deliver specially commissioned, authentic arrangements.

Songlist: Somebody's Knockin' At Yo' Do', Deep River, I Got a Robe, In Dat Great Gettin' Up Mornin', Let Me Fly, Lit'l David Play On Yo' Harp, There Is a Balm In Gilead, I'm Gonna Sing, Scandalize My Name, Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel, I Got a Home In-a Dat Rock, This Joy I Have

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Voicing: SSAA Treble | 7256b | Songbook | $14.95


William L. Dawson : Dawson Spirituals Vol 2 : SATB : 01 Songbook : William Dawson : T201

William L. Dawson : Dawson Spirituals Vol 2

The beloved spiritual arrangements and original compositions of William L. Dawson have been celebrated by choirs and audiences since they were first published, and have become among the most widely performed choral works for concert, contest, and festival settings. These new compilations, Dawson Spirituals, Volumes 1 & 2, each feature six favorites for Mixed Chorus (SATB) that have been carefully re-engraved to feature clean and clear notation. Not only do they provide tremendous readability and clarity, but they remain historically relevant. Every choir will want copies of these collections - William L. Dawson's legacy is everlasting, and his works will be in demand for generations to come!

Songlist: Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit, I Wan' To Be Ready, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, Soon Ah Will Be Done, There Is A Balm In Gilead, Behold The Star

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Voicing: SATB | 6890b | Songbook | $6.95


William L. Dawson : A Cappella Tuskegee Choral Series for Men : TTBB : Sheet Music : William Dawson

William L. Dawson : A Cappella Tuskegee Choral Series for Men

William Levi Dawson, born in 1899, was educated at Tuskegee Institute, the Horner Institute of Fine Arts, and the American Conservatory, and wrote his own "Dawson's Negro Folk Symphony" in 1934. He began publishing and recording his arrangements of traditional African-American spirituals in 1955 and they are now considered to be some of the finest examples of the genre. Here are a selection of his finest works for unaccomapnied male voices. Recommended!

Songlist: Soon Ah Will Be Done, Ain'a That Good News , There Is A Balm In Gilead, Steal Away, Hail Mary, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit

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Voicing: TTBB | 9216b | Sheet Music | $10.95 | A Cappella


William L. Dawson : A Cappella Tuskegee Choral Series for Mixed Choirs : SATB : Sheet Music : William Dawson

William L. Dawson : A Cappella Tuskegee Choral Series for Mixed Choirs

William Levi Dawson, born in 1899, was educated at Tuskegee Institute, the Horner Institute of Fine Arts, and the American Conservatory, and wrote his own "Dawson's Negro Folk Symphony" in 1934. He began publishing and recording his arrangements of traditional African-American spirituals in 1955 and they are now considered to be some of the finest examples of the genre. Here are a selection of his finest works for unaccompanied mixed voices. Recommended!

Songlist: Oh, What A Beautiful City, Soon Ah Will Be Done, Ain'a That Good News , There Is A Balm In Gilead, Steal Away, Ezekiel Saw De Wheel, Behold The Star, Hail Mary, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

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Voicing: SATB | 9217b | Sheet Music | $14.95 | A Cappella


William L. Dawson : A Cappella Tuskegee Choral Series for Women : SSAA : Sheet Music : William Dawson

William L. Dawson : A Cappella Tuskegee Choral Series for Women

William Levi Dawson, born in 1899, was educated at Tuskegee Institute, the Horner Institute of Fine Arts, and the American Conservatory, and wrote his own "Dawson's Negro Folk Symphony" in 1934. He began publishing and recording his arrangements of traditional African-American spirituals in 1955 and they are now considered to be some of the finest examples of the genre. Here are a selection of his finest works for unaccompanied female voices. Recommended!

Songlist: There Is A Balm In Gilead, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit, Ain'a That Good News

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Voicing: SSAA | 9219b | Sheet Music | $6.95 | A Cappella


Ysaye Barnwell : Arrangements for Women's Voices : SSAA : Sheet Music

Ysaye Barnwell : Arrangements for Women's Voices

Most known for her singing with and musical compositions performed and recorded by Sweet Honey In The Rock, Dr. Barnwell has composed and arranged music appearing on 10 recordings on the Rounder, Flying Fish, Earthbeat!/Warner and Music For Little People Labels and has been a commissioned composer on numerous and varied dance, choral, film, and video.

Songlist: Sound-Bite from Beijing, On Children, More Than a Paycheck, There Is A Balm in Gilead

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Voicing: SSAA | Performed by Sweet Honey In The Rock | 9441b | Sheet Music | $7.95 | A Cappella


George Shirley and Wayne Sanders : Advanced Tenor Solos : Solo : Songbook & CD : 884088263720 : 1596155337 : 00400597

George Shirley and Wayne Sanders : Advanced Tenor Solos

This broad collection of advanced contest solos for tenor features challenging repertoire, performed by George Shirley, and then by you, the soloist. Includes a high-quality printed vocal score annotated with performance suggestions and a compact disc with complete versions (with soloist) followed by stereo accompaniments to each piece, minus the soloist.

Songlist: Ombra Mai Tu, Cara, Cara e Dolce, If Music be the Food of Love, Das Wandern, Duna, There is a Balm in Gilead

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Voicing: Solo | 5098b | Songbook & CD | $19.95 | Voice and Piano


Hall Johnson : Thirty Spirituals - High Voice : Solo : Songbook & CD : 884088093341 : 1423415914 : 50486340

Hall Johnson : Thirty Spirituals - High Voice

Never before available in high and low voice versions, this new edition of Johnson's classic spiritual arrangements features new music engravings, Johnson's original preface and notes on the pieces, a guide to modified English texts for the spirituals, and a CD of piano accompaniments recorded by Laura Ward.

Songlist: Belshazza' Had a Feas', Dat Suits Me, Done Written Down My Name, Ev'ry Time I Feel de Spirit, Glory Hallelujah to de New-born King, Gospel Train , Great Day!, How Long Train Been Gone?, I Couldn' Hear Nobody Pray, Keep a-inchin' Along , Leanin' on Dat Lamb, Let de Heb'n-light Shine on Me, Mary Had a Baby, My Lord, What a Mornin', Oh, Freedom, Oh, Graveyard, Over Yonder, Po' Mo'ner Got a Home at Las', Prayer Is de Key, Religion Is a Fortune, Ride on, Jesus!, Scandalize' My Name, Sinner-man so Hard to Believe, Stan' Still, Jordan, Stan'in' in de Need of Prayer, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, There Is a Balm in Gilead, This Is de Healin' Water, Were You There?, When I Lay My Burden Down

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Voicing: Solo | 5281b | Songbook & CD | $19.95 | Voice and Piano


Hall Johnson : Thirty Spirituals - Low Voice : Solo : Songbook : 884088093358 : 1423415922 : 50486341

Hall Johnson : Thirty Spirituals - Low Voice

Never before available in high and low voice versions, this new edition of Johnson's classic spiritual arrangements features new music engravings, Johnson's original preface and notes on the pieces, a guide to modified English texts for the spirittuals, and a CD of accompaniments recorded by pianist Laura Ward.

Songlist: Belshazza' Had a Feas' , Dat Suits Me, Done Written Down My Name, Ev'ry Time I Feel de Spirit, Glory Hallelujah to de New-born King, Gospel Train , Great Day!, How Long Train Been Gone?, I Couldn' Hear Nobody Pray, Keep a-inchin' Along, Leanin' on Dat Lamb, Let de Heb'n-light Shine on Me, Mary Had a Baby, My Lord, What a Mornin', Oh, Freedom , Oh, Graveyard, Over Yonder , Po' Mo'ner Got a Home at Las', Prayer Is de Key, Religion Is a Fortune , Ride on, Jesus! , Scandalize' My Name , Sinner-man so Hard to Believe, Stan' Still, Jordan, Stan'in' in de Need of Prayer, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, There Is a Balm in Gilead , This Is de Healin' Water, Were You There?, When I Lay My Burden Down

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Voicing: Solo | 8614b | Songbook | $19.95 | Voice and Piano


Mark Hayes : 10 Spirituals for Solo Voice - Medium High : Solo : Songbook : 038081155630  : 00-17958

Mark Hayes : 10 Spirituals for Solo Voice - Medium High

Award-winning composer, arranger, pianist and recording artist Mark Hayes has crafted a superb anthology of ten traditional spirituals for vocal soloist with piano accompaniment in true art-song style, ideal for school or church singers.

Songlist: Deep River , Go, Tell It on the Mountain , Steal Away To Heaven , Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit, There Is A Balm In Gilead , Behold The Star! , My Lord, What a Mornin', The Gospel Of Grace , Give Me Jesus , Joshua Fit De Battle Of Jericho

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Voicing: Solo | 5443b | Songbook | $24.95


Mark Hayes : 10 Spirituals for Solo Voice - Medium Low : Solo : Songbook : 038081155685  : 00-17963

Mark Hayes : 10 Spirituals for Solo Voice - Medium Low

Award-winning composer, arranger, pianist and recording artist Mark Hayes has crafted a superb anthology of ten traditional spirituals for vocal soloist with piano accompaniment in true art-song style, ideal for school or church singers.

Songlist: Deep River , Go, Tell It on the Mountain , Steal Away To Heaven , I Feel The Spirit Moving , There Is A Balm In Gilead , Behold The Star! , My Lord, What a Mornin', The Gospel Of Grace , Give Me Jesus , Joshua Fit De Battle Of Jericho

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Voicing: Solo | 5444b | Songbook | $24.95


Patrick Liebergen : Spirituals for Young Voices : Solo : 01 Songbook : 884088908058 : 1480342637 : 35029028

Patrick Liebergen : Spirituals for Young Voices

Spirituals for Young Voices is a collection of fifteen spirituals for solo voice and is suitable for both male and female young voices. The included accompaniment CD allows your young singers excellent opportunities to rehearse on their own or use the piano accompaniments in performance situations if needed. All songs in this collection are appropriate for use as recital repertoire or solo, festival, and contest use. Songs include: All My Trials; Amen!; Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel?; Do, Lord, Remember Me; Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit; Go Tell It on the Mountain; He's Got the Whole World in His Hands; Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho; My Lord, What a Morning!; Rock-a My Soul; Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child; Swing Low, Sweet Chariot; There Is a Balm in Gilead; This Little Light of Mine; Wade in the Water. For Grades 6-12.

Songlist: Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, This Little Light Of Mine, All My Trials, Amen, My Lord, What a Mornin', Wade In The Water, Go, Tell It On The Mountain, Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child, There Is A Balm In Gilead, Joshua Fit De Battle Of Jericho, He's Got The Whole World In His Hands, Rock-A-My Soul, Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit, Do, Lord, Remember Me, Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel

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Voicing: Solo | 20390b | Songbook | $29.95 | Voice and Piano


Various : 14 Sacred Solos : Solo : Songbook : 073999340723 : 0634081373 : 00740292

Various : 14 Sacred Solos

This useful, inventive collection of sacred solos is a valuable resource for classical singers looking for church service material, or the songs are also appropriate for a traditional recital. The collection includes art-song type settings of traditional songs, plus more conventional classical material. Contents: Ah, Holy Jesus, Amazing Grace, Ave Maria, Balm in Gilead, Brother James'

Songlist: The Call, Ah, Holy Jesus, Deep River, Amazing Grace, We Are Climbing Jacob's Ladder, Sheep May Safely Graze, Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (JS Bach), There Is A Balm In Gilead, Ave Maria (Bach/Gounod), Brother James' Air, How Can I Keep From Singing, Just A Closer Walk With Thee, Poland Wayfaring Stranger, Wondrous Love

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Voicing: Solo | 2641b | Songbook | $16.95 | Voice and Piano


Various : 14 Sacred Solos : Solo : Songbook : 073999318043 : 0634081381 : 00740293

Various : 14 Sacred Solos

This useful, inventive collection of sacred solos is a valuable resource for classical singers looking for church service material, or the songs are also appropriate for a traditional recital. The collection includes art-song type settings of traditional songs, plus more conventional classical material.

Songlist: The Call, Ah, Holy Jesus, Deep River, Amazing Grace, We Are Climbing Jacob's Ladder, Sheep May Safely Graze, Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (JS Bach), There Is A Balm In Gilead, Ave Maria (Bach/Gounod), Brother James' Air, How Can I Keep From Singing, Just A Closer Walk With Thee, Poland Wayfaring Stranger, Wondrous Love

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Voicing: Solo | 2642b | Songbook | $16.95 | Voice and Piano


Various : American Folksongs & Spirituals : Solo : 01 Songbook : 073999207965 : 0793559219 : 00310138

Various : American Folksongs & Spirituals

75 songs of American heritage, including: All The Pretty Little Horses - Arkansas Traveler - Aura Lee - Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair - The Blue Tail Fly - Buffalo Gals (Won't You Come Out Tonight) - Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie - Cotton Eyed Joe - Deep River - Down In The Valley - The Drunken Sailor - Git Along, Little Doggies - Home On The Range - Hush, Little Baby - I've Been Working On The Railroad - Joshua (Fit The Battle Of Jericho) - Never Said A Mumblin' Word - Oh! Susanna - Old Joe Clark - The Red River Valley - She'll Be Comin' Round The Mountain - Shenandoah - Simple Gifts - Steal Away - The Streets Of Laredo - Wayfaring Stranger - and many more!

Songlist: Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, Poor Wayfaring Stranger, The Wabash Cannon Ball, Somebody's Knockin' At Your Door, Soon I Will Be Done (Trouble Of The World), Steal Away (Steal Away To Jesus), This Little Light Of Mine, Simple Gifts, The Lonesome Road, All My Trials, All The Pretty Little Horses, Frankie And Johnny, Deep River, Down In The Valley, Skip To My Lou, Turkey In The Straw, Animal Fair, Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen, When The Saints Go Marching In, Arkansas Traveler, Home On The Range, I've Been Working On The Railroad, Yankee Doodle Boy, Aura Lee, Standin' In The Need Of Prayer (Standing In The Need Of Prayer), Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child, There Is A Balm In Gilead, The Red River Valley, John Henry, Shoo Fly, Don't Bother Me, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 20381b | Songbook | $12.95 | PVG


Various Arrangers : 12 Sacred Vocal Solos for Classical Singers : Solo : Songbook : 884088600983 : 1458413802 : 50490612

Various Arrangers : 12 Sacred Vocal Solos for Classical Singers

Selection of sacred songs and spirituals that are appropriate for classical singers. Suitable for performances in church or recital. Includes: Ave Maria (Franz Schubert); Come Sunday (Duke Ellington); The Lord's Prayer (Albert Hay Malotte); two new arrangements: Be Thou My Vision; Praise the Lord! Ye Heavens, Adore Him; and more.

Songlist: Ain't Got Time to Die, Ave Maria, The Lord's Prayer, Praise The Lord! Ye Heavens, Adore Him, Panis Angelicus, Be Thou My Vision, There Is A Balm In Gilead, Come Sunday, Create In Me A Clean Heart, O God, My Lord What A Mornin', Prayer Of The Norwegian Child, The 23rd Psalm

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Voicing: Solo | 2578b | Songbook | $17.95 | Voice and Piano


Various Arrangers : 12 Sacred Vocal Solos for Classical Singers : Solo : Songbook : 884088600990 : 1458413810 : 50490613

Various Arrangers : 12 Sacred Vocal Solos for Classical Singers

Selection of sacred songs and spirituals that are appropriate for classical singers. Suitable for performances in church or recital. Includes: Ave Maria (Franz Schubert); Come Sunday (Duke Ellington); The Lord's Prayer (Albert Hay Malotte); two new arrangements: Be Thou My Vision; Praise the Lord! Ye Heavens, Adore Him; and more.

Songlist: Ain't Got Time to Die, Ave Maria, The Lord's Prayer, Praise The Lord! Ye Heavens, Adore Him, Panis Angelicus, Be Thou My Vision, There Is A Balm In Gilead, Come Sunday, Create In Me A Clean Heart, O God, My Lord What A Mornin', Prayer Of The Norwegian Child, The 23rd Psalm

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Voicing: Solo | 2579b | Songbook | $17.95 | Voice and Piano


Various Composers : 14 Sacred Solos : Solo : Songbook

Various Composers : 14 Sacred Solos

This useful, inventive collection of sacred solos is a valuable resource for classical singers looking for church service material, or the songs are also appropriate for a traditional recital. The collection includes art-song type settings of traditional songs, plus more conventional classical material.

Songlist: Ah, Holy Jesus, Amazing Grace, Ave Maria (Bach/Gounod), Brother James' Air, The Call, Deep River, How Can I Keep From Singing, Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (JS Bach), Just A Closer Walk With Thee, Sheep May Safely Graze, There Is A Balm In Gilead, Poland Wayfaring Stranger, We Are Climbing Jacob's Ladder, Wondrous Love

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Voicing: Solo | 5327b | Songbook | $18.95


American Spiritual Ensemble : The Spirituals : 00  1 CD

American Spiritual Ensemble : The Spirituals

The American Spiritual Ensemble has grown to 42 members for this memorable recording "The Spirituals." Two powerful pictures in the liner notes, depicting a slave couple at a mean cabin, dreaming of escaping their bondage, and then on the cover, striking out across a fog-shrouded field in the early morning, tell us the story of these 15 authentic songs. "Crossin' Ovah," "Follow The Drinking Gourd," "There Is A Balm in Gilead," "It's Me Oh Lord," "Guide My Feet," "Here's One," "Give Me Jesus," "I Want Jesus to Walk With Me" and "We Shall Overcome" speak of the tremendous struggle of African-Americans to gain their freedom and equality. The soulful leads and harmonies of these powerful coded songs actually helped some of the singers find their way out of bondage. Powerful, wonderful stuff from the American Spiritual Ensemble! Some piano accompaniment.

Songlist: Plenty Good Room, Crossin' Ovah, Follow The Drinking Gourd, Steal Away, There is a Balm in Gilead, Follow The Drinking Gourd, It's Me Oh Lord, Guide My Feet, Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit, Follow The Drinking Gourd, Here's One, Give Me Jesus, Follow The Drinking Gourd, I Want Jesus to Walk with Me, We Shall Overcome

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2298c | 1 CD | $14.95 | A Cappella


BYU Concert Choir : Beautiful River : 00  1 CD : Rosalind Hall

BYU Concert Choir : Beautiful River

Rosalind Hall, director of both the oft-showcased mixed-voice BYU Concert Choir and the popular Men's Chorus, leads the Choir in their 2nd recording, their debut the excellent "All Creatures of Our God and King." 18 songs, some favorites are the title tune, Moses Hogan's dynamic arrangement of "I Gotta Home Ina Dat Rock," 5 a cappella Shaker Songs, "Come to Zion," "Love is Little," "Dismission of Great I," "We Must Be Meek," and "Lay Me Low;" "Five Hebrew Love Songs," the Robert Shaw-arranged "I Will Arise" and the haunting "Irish Blessing." Some light accompaniment. "Beautiful River" proves to us that the BYUCC is ready to take its place as one of the best mixed choirs in the world!

Songlist: Beautiful River, I Gotta Home Ina Dat Rock, Be Still My Soul, Five Shaker Songs, Come To Zion, Love Is Little, Dismission Of Great I, We Must Be Meek, Lay Me Low, There Is A Balm In Gilead, Five Hebrew Love Songs, God So Loved The World, I Will Arise, The Covert Of His Wings, Irish Blessing

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7952c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella


Concordia Choir : Endless Your Grace : 00  1 CD : Rene Clausen : 2764

Concordia Choir : Endless Your Grace

Renowned conductor/arranger (since 1986) of the Concordia Choir Rene Clausen's firm touch is clear on every note of "Endless Your Grace." For more than 80 years The mixed voice Concordia Choir has affirmed its reputation as one of nation's finest a cappella choirs. 16 wonderfully arranged songs are included in this inspirational, feel-good recording. The Moses Hogan-arranged "Ezekiel Saw De Wheel," "What A Wonderful World," "Come and Taste," "Daniel, Daniel, Servant of the Lord," "Gracious Spirit," "This Little Light," the rousing spiritual "Ain't Got Time to Die," "Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel," "Give Me Jesus" and "My God, How Wonderful Thou Art" are favorites, but "Endless" is an impressive, spirited treat throughout!

Songlist: Ezekiel Saw De Wheel, What A Wonderful World , Come and Taste, His Voice , Black Is The Color of My True Love's Hair , Daniel, Daniel, Servant of the Lord, Gracious Spirit, This Little Light, There Is A Balm in Gilead, Ain't Got Time To Die, Pilgrim's Hymn , Wondrous Love, Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel, Give Me Jesus , My God, How Wonderful Thou Art, Beautiful Savior

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7574c | 1 CD | $15.98 | Primarily a cappella


Fisk Jubilee Singers : In Bright Mansions : 00  1 CD : Paul T. Kwami : 78762

Fisk Jubilee Singers : In Bright Mansions

Fisk University, originally the Fisk Free Colored School, was founded in Nashville, TN right after the Civil War, by northern missionaries. The school treasurer, a Gettysburg veteran named George White, loved music, and was moved by the slave hymns he would sometimes overhear in the refugee camps, but it was difficult to get his young students to sing them, as they were associated with slavery and things best forgotten. George began collecting and arranging these "secret songs," with the help of his secretary, Ella Sheppard, who brought him "O Freedom" and "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," lullabies her mother had taught her. In time, White and Sheppard collected over a hundred songs. In 1871, Fisk was on the brink of financial collapse, and George White took a group of young singers on the route of the Underground Railroad, hoping to "sing into the hearts" of the people and raise money to save the school. At first enduring racism and indifference, the group finally found some success in Ohio, and then made it to New York, where Henry Ward Beecher, in his Plymouth Church in Brooklyn, was so moved by their singing he commanded his wealthy parishioners to give generously to the Jubilee's cause. Suddenly the churches of metropolitan New York opened their doors to them, and people rushed to hear "the genuine soul music of the slave cabins, before the Lord led his people out of the house of bondage." This began a series of successful tours, to Britain, Europe and all over the United States that finally exhausted the young singers, yet raised enough to erase Fisk's debt and build beautiful new campus buildings. 18 authentic songs, some of our favorites: "Down By The Riverside," "De Gospel Train," "Were You There," "Rockin' Jerusalem," "Nobody Knows the Trouble I See," "He's Got the Whole World In His Hands," "I'm Got A Home In-A Dat Rock," and the title tune. The CD cover and liner notes are actually a small book, with great old photos and the amazing story of the Fisk Singers. And, this is an "Enhanced" CD--if you load it into your computer's CD player, you can see a nicely-done visual presentation of the group's history with many photos, as well as photos and info from the recording session--very cool. Recommended.

Songlist: I'm Gonna Sing Till the Spirit Moves, Poor Man Lazrus, Down By the Riverside, Lord, I'm Out Here On Your Word, De Gospel Train, Were You There?, Rockin' Jerusalem, Nobody Knows the Trouble I See, I Been in the Storm, Soon-Ah Will Be Done, He's Got the Whole World in His Hands, Hold On, There Is A Balm in Gilead, Daniel, Daniel, Servant of the Lord, Wade in the Water, Ride On, Jesus, I'm Got A Home In-A Dat Rock, In Bright Mansions

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2808c | 1 CD | $16.98 | Primarily a cappella


Heart and Voice Men's Chorus : Rise Up, O Men of God : 00  1 CD : Brandon Mullet

Heart and Voice Men's Chorus : Rise Up, O Men of God

The Heart and Voice weekend for men, who hail from Ohio, North and South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Florida, Virginia and West Virginia, seeks to encourage choral excellence and true worship. The men learn the music prior to coming for a weekend of workshops and rehearsal, after which the programs, directed by Brandon Mullet, a music teacher and choral director at Faith Builders Educational Programs in Guys Mills, PA. The group has met and sung together since 1999. 16 lovely, inspirational songs: "O Sing Ye to the Lord," "What Wondrous Love," the spirituals "There is a Balm in Gilead," "Rise Up Shepherd," "Done Made My Vow" and "Homeward bound Kurt Bestor's "Prayer of the Children," the powerful "Rise Up, O Men of God," and N. Grant Pfeifer's lovely "The Peace of the Lord." This is as beautiful and powerful a collection of spiritual songs as we have heard, don't miss this one!

Songlist: O Sing Ye to the Lord, What Wondrous Love, Gott ist die Liebe, There is a Balm in Gilead, Ye Sons and Daughters, Salvation Belongeth to Our God, Prayer of the Children, Rise Up, O Men of God, Infant Holy, Infant Lowly, We've Got Good News to Tell, The Snow Lay on the Ground, Rise Up Shepherd, Done Made My Vow, Judgment Day, Homeward Bound, The Peace of the Lord

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Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir : A Cappella : 00  1 CD : Trevor T. Payne : 068944004621 : JTR 46

Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir : A Cappella

Trevor Payne's renowned, veteran Choir brings us this moving tribute to the Negro Spiritual. Following in the footsteps of the Fisk Jubilee Singers and other gospel music pioneers, this is a rare collection of a cappella Spiritual "hits," beginning with "Lord, I Know I've Been Changed," the lovely "There Is A Balm in Gilead," "Ezekiel Saw The Wheel," "Deep River," "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," "Soon Ah Will Be Done," "Steal Away," "In That Morning When The Lord Says Hurry," "Ain't Got Time to Die," "Joshua Fit The Battle of Jericho"...the good stuff just keeps on coming! One of the best collections of this wonderful, inspirational music we have heard!

Songlist: Lord I Know I've Been Changed, There Is A Balm In Gilead, Ezekiel Saw De Wheel, Deep River, In That Great Gettin' Up Mornin', Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, Soon Ah Will Be Done, Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit, Steal Away, In That Morning When The Lord Says Hurry, The Storm Is Passing Over, Ain't Got Time to Die, Joshua Fit De Battle Of Jericho

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2494c | 1 CD | $14.95 | A Cappella


Mormon Tabernacle Choir : Men of the Mormon Choir : 00  1 CD : Mack Wilberg  : 5053126

Mormon Tabernacle Choir : Men of the Mormon Choir

Few things are as powerful as men's voices united in song. Now, that stirring sound has been captured by the men of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in a triumphant collection of music - the first album ever to feature exclusively the men of the Choir. Listeners of all ages will enjoy hearing the Choir's soaring tenors, rich baritones, and strong basses lend their voices to moving arrangements of favorite songs as well as some of the most classic pieces written for male chorus including "Brightly Beams Our Father's Mercy," "Beautiful Savior," "Pilgrims' Chorus" from Tannhauser, "You Raise Me Up," and Billy Joel's "Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)."

Songlist: Brethren, We Have Met to Worship, Brightly Beams Our Father's Mercy , The Morning Trumpet, Fight The Good Fight With All Thy Might, Im Herbst, Land-Sighting (Landkjenning), "Dance a Cachuca, Fandango, Bolero" (Finale from The Gondoliers), Alleluia , "Pilgrims' Chorus" from Tannbauser, Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel), Hush, Little Baby, You Raise Me Up, Beautiful Savior, There Is A Balm In Gilead, He's Got the Whole World In His Hands

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Musae San Francisco : From Argentina to Appalachia : 00  1 CD

Musae San Francisco : From Argentina to Appalachia

Fifteen-strong San Francisco-based women's vocal ensemble Musae takes its name from the classic nine muses of Greek mythology, the original "ladies of song." Since its founding in 2004 Musae has performed its diverse and accessible repertoire at venues throughout the Bay Area, and has gained a reputation for stretching the boundaries of traditional repertoire for women's voices. Performing largely without a conductor, Musae is a musical collective where each singer may sing a range of vocal parts. "From Argentina to Appalachia" is Musae's impressive debut album, which features music from North America, Venezuela, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil. There are 11 songs here, "Selections from Como Tu," the bright, rhythmic, drum-accompanied "Mahk Jhi," "Selections from Como Tu," the soaring "Bright Morning Stars," the poignant traditional gem "Queen Jane," the lively "Las Amarillas," the heartbreaking love song "Te Quiero," the spiritual "There is a Balm in Gilead," the powerful "Salmo 150," the lovely "Duerme Negrito," the gorgeous, piano accompanied "Homeward Bound," the joyous "Hark I Hear the Harps Eternal" and finishing with the short but sweet "Coda." "Argentina to Appalachia" is simply amazing and beautiful from beginning to end!

Songlist: Selections From Como Tu, Makh Jhi, Bright Morning Stars, Queen Jane, Las Amarillas, Te Quiero, There is a Balm in Gilead, Salmo 150, Duerme Negrito, Homeward Bound, Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal

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2321c | 1 CD | $15.95 | A Cappella


National Lutheran Choir : We Sing With Joy : 00  2 CDs

National Lutheran Choir : We Sing With Joy

For their 25th season, current NLC singers and alumni have compiled this two-disc collection of favorite works from the past years. These works were taken from 24 of the choir's recordings, beginning with tracks conducted by founder Larry Fleming, and ending with selections from Hymns We Love to Sing, Vol II, which was recorded in spring 2010.

Songlist: Sing And Ponder, Donde Hay, Holy Spirit, Psallite, Infant Holy, Infant Lowly, Away In A Manger, There Is No Rose, The Glory Of The Father, I Heard A Great Voice, Out Of The Orient Crystal Skies, Wondrous Birth, O Little Town Of Bethlehem , Who Shall Separate Us, Come, Holy Ghost, Nunc Dimittis, O Light Everlasting, A Christmas Carol, Now All Poor And Humble, Prayer To Jesus, I Will Sing To The Lord, My Friend Had A Vineyard, Inscription from the Catacombs, My Lord, What a Mornin', There Is A Balm In Gilead, My Soul - Jesus Loves Me, In The Beginning Was The Word, Ubi Caritas, Blessed Are They, Rise Up, My Love, My Fair One, Ah, Holy Jesus, and more

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Pacific Boychoir : That Promised Land : 00  1 CD : Kevin Fox

Pacific Boychoir : That Promised Land

The elite Troubadors of Oakland's Pacific Boychoir Academy are joined by Continuum, a group of former boy choristers whose voices have changed, and soloist Jonathon Hampton, to sing this strong collection of 19 African-American spirituals, directed by Kevin Fox. Favorites are "Ain't Got Time to Die," "City Called Heaven," "Precious Lord" and "Wade in the Water," all of which features Hampton's smooth countertenor; "Over Yonder," which features soloist Jacob Wilson; "Deep River," "The Battle of Jericho" and "Hear My Prayer." There is some light accompaniment. The soloists contrast nicely with the Troubadors' sweet, high background vocals, particularly Hampton's rich leads. A special, beautifully performed collection!

Songlist: I Open My Mouth, Little David, Play On Your Harp, All My Trials, Take My Mother Home, Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child, Witness, There Is A Balm In Gilead, Ain't Got Time To Die, Precious Lord, I Stood On The River Of Jordan, Deep River, City Called Heaven, Over Yonder, The Storm Is Passing Over, Wade In The Water, Ain't That Good News, Praise His Holy Name, The Battle Of Jericho, Hear My Prayer

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8545c | 1 CD | $15.98 | Some a cappella


St. Olaf Choir : Spirituals Of William Dawson : 00  1 CD : Anton Armstrong : 2159

St. Olaf Choir : Spirituals Of William Dawson

William Levi Dawson, born in 1899, was educated at Tuskegee Institute, the Horner Institute of Fine Arts, and the American Conservatory, and wrote his own "Dawson's Negro Folk Symphony" in 1934. He began publishing and recording his arrangements of traditional African-American spirituals in 1955, lovingly recorded here by the acclaimed St. Olaf Choir with Marvis Martin, soprano. Included are "Ain'-a That Good News," "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," "Soon Ah Will Be Done," "In His Care-O," "Hail Mary," "Mary Had A Baby," "Behold The Star," "There Is A Balm In Gilead," "Ev'ry Time I Feel The Spirit," "Steal Away" and "Ezekiel Saw de Wheel." All a cappella, nice liner notes, great music!

Songlist: Ain' -A That Good News!, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, Soon Ah Will Be Done, In His Care-O, Hail Mary, Mary Had A Baby, Behold The Star, There Is A Balm In Gilead, Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit, Steal Away, Ezekiel Saw De Wheel

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Tuskegee Institute Choir - William Dawson : Spirituals : 00  1 CD : William Dawson : TCD1

Tuskegee Institute Choir - William Dawson : Spirituals

The Tuskegee (Alabama) Institute Choir, whose first singers were organized by school founder Booker T. Washington, is steeped in more than a century of pride and the richest of choral traditions. Booker insisted on the singing of African American spirituals by everyone at the weekly chapel worship services, a tradition that continues today. The Choir's most renowned director, composer and education William L. Dawson led the Choir into a new era in 1932, with their appearance at the opening of Radio City Music Hall in NYC, which would lead to performances before Presidents, radio and television audiences and worldwide prestige. There are 15 spirituals here, with innovative arrangements, powerful harmonies and solos; all sung with deep feeling and spirit. Simply the best versions we've heard of classic standards "Ezekiel Saw De Wheel," "Deep River," "There is a Balm in Gilead," "Ev'ry Time I Hear the Spirit," "Were You There," "Ain'a That Good News," "Mary Had A Baby" "King Jesus is A-Listening" and "Rockin' Jerusalem." One of the best, most authentic Gospel CDs of the year, by one of America's oldest and most respected Gospel choirs!

Songlist: Ezekiel Saw De Wheel, Deep River, I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray, There Is A Balm In Gilead, Hail Mary, I've Been 'Buked, Behold The Star, Ev'ry Time I Hear The Spirit, Were You There?, I Want To Be Ready, Listen To The Lambs, Ain'a That Good News, Mary Had A Baby, King Jesus Is A'Listening, Rockin' Jerusalem

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7753c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella


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There Is A Balm in Gilead : SSAA : Ysaye Barnwell : Ysaye Barnwell : Sweet Honey In The Rock :  1 CD : ymb123

Ysaye Barnwell : There Is A Balm in Gilead

Arranger: Ysaye Barnwell | Composer: Ysaye Barnwell Performed By: Sweet Honey In The Rock

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
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There Is a Balm in Gilead : SATB divisi : Rene Clausen : Rene Clausen : Sheet Music : SBMP611 : 964807006118

Rene Clausen : There Is a Balm in Gilead

Composer Clausen wrote this arrangement for his Concordia Choir to take on their tour. Loaded with sensitive feeling, this piece is guaranteed to have an impact on the audience.

Composer: Rene Clausen

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Voicing: SATB divisi | Sheet Music | $2.10 | A Cappella |
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There Is a Balm in Gilead : SSAATTBB : Stacey V. Gibbs : Sheet Music : 00153810 : 888680097561

Stacey V. Gibbs : There Is a Balm in Gilead

Stacey Gibbs captures the soul of each Spiritual he arranges. The essense of the song is unchanged, yet something new and fresh appears. It is the spiritual we know and love, yet it glistens like never before. This 8-part setting continues that tradition and is an excellent choice for college or community choirs. Medium in difficulty.

Arranger: Stacey V. Gibbs

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Voicing: SSAATTBB | Sheet Music | $2.35 | A Cappella |
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| 00153810


There Is A Balm In Gilead : SATB divisi : Moses Hogan : Traditional : Sheet Music : 08703200 : 073999133981

Moses Hogan : There Is A Balm In Gilead

Moses Hogan's contemporary settings of spirituals, original compositions, and other works have been enthusiastically accepted by audiences around the globe and have become staples in the repertoires of high school, college, church, community and professional choirs everywhere.

Arranger: Moses Hogan | Composer: Traditional

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Voicing: SATB divisi | Sheet Music | $1.80 | A Cappella |
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