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Spirituals

Spirituals are the Southern sacred folk songs created and first sung by African Americans during slavery. Their original composers are unknown, and they have assumed a position of collective ownership by the whole community. They lend themselves easily to communal singing. Many are in a call-and-response structure, with back-and-forth exchanges between the leader and the group. A formal concert tradition has evolved from the original spirituals, with solo and choral arrangements based on original slave melodies, employed for performance by amateur and professional artists.


Spirituals Choral Arrangements

Spirituals Choral Arrangements

Spirituals are the Southern sacred "folk" songs created and first sung by African Americans during slavery. Their original composers are unknown, and they have assumed a position of collective ownership by the whole community. They lend themselves easily to communal singing. Many are in a call-and-response structure, with back-and-forth exchanges between the leader and the group. A formal concert tradition has evolved from the original spirituals, with solo and choral arrangements based on original slave melodies, employed for performance by amateur and professional artists.


Spirituals Arrangements for Mixed Voices

Spirituals Arrangements for Mixed Voices

A collection of vocal harmony arrangements of spirituals for mixed voices Spirituals are the Southern sacred "folk" songs created and first sung by African Americans during slavery. Their original composers are unknown, and they have assumed a position of collective ownership by the whole community. They lend themselves easily to communal singing. Many are in a call-and-response structure, with back-and-forth exchanges between the leader and the group. A formal concert tradition has evolved from the original spirituals, with solo and choral arrangements based on original slave melodies, employed for performance by amateur and professional artists.


Spirituals Arrangements for Female Voices

Spirituals Arrangements for Female Voices

A collection of vocal harmony arrangements of spirituals for female voices. Spirituals are the Southern sacred "folk" songs created and first sung by African Americans during slavery. Their original composers are unknown, and they have assumed a position of collective ownership by the whole community. They lend themselves easily to communal singing. Many are in a call-and-response structure, with back-and-forth exchanges between the leader and the group. A formal concert tradition has evolved from the original spirituals, with solo and choral arrangements based on original slave melodies, employed for performance by amateur and professional artists.


Spirituals Arrangements for Male Voices

Spirituals Arrangements for Male Voices

A collection of vocal harmony arrangements of spirituals for male voices. Spirituals are the Southern sacred "folk" songs created and first sung by African Americans during slavery. Their original composers are unknown, and they have assumed a position of collective ownership by the whole community. They lend themselves easily to communal singing. Many are in a call-and-response structure, with back-and-forth exchanges between the leader and the group. A formal concert tradition has evolved from the original spirituals, with solo and choral arrangements based on original slave melodies, employed for performance by amateur and professional artists.


Spirituals for Solo Voice

Spirituals for Solo Voice

One of the earliest forms of American vocal harmony singing is the tradition of African American spirituals. In the early nineteenth century, African Americans were involved in the "Second Awakening". They met in camp meetings and sang without any hymnbook. Spontaneous songs were composed on the spot. They were called spiritual songs and the term sperichil (spiritual) appeared for the first time in the book Slave Songs of The United States. This tradition has grown over the years due in great part to the uplifting and inspiring nature of this wonderful music.


African American Spirituals CDs

African American Spirituals CDs

Spirituals are the Southern sacred "folk" songs created and first sung by African Americans during slavery. Their original composers are unknown, and they have assumed a position of collective ownership by the whole community. They lend themselves easily to communal singing. Many are in a call-and-response structure, with back-and-forth exchanges between the leader and the group. A formal concert tradition has evolved from the original spirituals, with solo and choral arrangements based on original slave melodies, employed for performance by amateur and professional artists.


Moses Hogan Choral Series

Moses Hogan Choral Series

African-American spirituals comprise one of the world’s greatest and best loved bodies of music, appealing to performers and audiences across all boundaries and Moses Hogan was considered to be a master of genre. His arrangements and compositions can be considered the definitive expression of the musical form and this series is a collection of his finest works.


Rollo Dilworth Choral Series

Rollo Dilworth Choral Series

Rollo A. Dilworth is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities and Music Education at the North Park University School of Music in Chicago, Illinois. Dilworth established himself at a relatively young age as a leading arranger and composer of African American spirituals and his work has been performed by prestigious choirs for many years.


Christmas Spirituals Arrangements

Christmas Spirituals Arrangements

A Christmas spiritual can portray the very essence of Christmas with a simplicity and humility that the season seems to sometimes lack in these hectic times. Bring it all home with these collection of seasonal spirituals.