Swing Low, Sweet Chariot for Treble Recorder & Piano

By: Wallis Willis
For: Solo Soprano Recorder + piano
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Composer
Wallis Willis
Arranger
Difficulty
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
Duration
3 minutes
Genre
Jazz music
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"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" is a historic American Spiritual song. The earliest known recording was in 1909, by the Fisk Jubilee Singers of Fisk University. It is also the anthem of the England national Rugby Union team.

In 2002, the Library of Congress honored the song as one of 50 recordings chosen that year to be added to the National Recording Registry. It was also included in the list of Songs of the Century, by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" was written by Wallis Willis, a Choctaw freedman in the old Indian Territory in what is now Choctaw County, near the County seat of Hugo, Oklahoma sometime before 1862. He was inspired by the Red River, which reminded him of the Jordan River and of the Prophet Elijah's being taken to heaven by a chariot (2 Kings 2:11). Many sources claim that this song and "Steal Away" (also composed by Willis) had lyrics that referred to the Underground Railroad, the freedom movement that helped blacks escape from Southern Slavery to the North and Canada.

Alexander Reid, a minister at the Old Spencer Academy, Choctaw boarding school, heard Willis singing these two songs and transcribed the words and melodies. He sent the music to the Jubilee Singers of Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. The Jubilee Singers popularized the songs during a tour of the United States and Europe.

The song enjoyed a resurgence during the 1960s Civil Rights struggle and the folk revival; it was performed by a number of artists. Perhaps the most famous performance during this period was that by Joan Baez during the legendary 1969 Woodstock festival.

Oklahoma State Senator, Judy Eason McIntyre from Tulsa, Oklahoma proposed a bill nominating "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" as the Oklahoma State official gospel song in 2011. The bill was co-sponsored by the Oklahoma State Black Congressional Caucus. Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed the bill into law on May 5, 2011, at a ceremony at the Oklahoma Cowboy Hall of Fame; making the song the official Oklahoma State Gospel Song.

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In Dulci Jubilo ("In sweet rejoicing") for Recorder Quintet, One Aria, HWV 410 for Recorder Consort, A Serenade for Recorder Consort, English National Anthem (And Did Those Feet in Ancient Times) for Recorder Orchestra, The Saint’s Visit Havana with a Touch of W.A.M for Treble/Alto Recorder & Piano, The Gypsy Recorder Consort in Washington!, Chorale Partita with Seven Variations for Wind Quintet (Alle Menshen), What Shall We Do With The Drunken Tenor Recorder Player ?, What Shall We Do With The Drunken Descant Recorder Player ?, Overture from Suite in D from the Water Music for two Treble Recorders & Keyboard, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot for Recorder Consort, Fugue on B-a-c-h for Recorder Consort, Air from the Suite No. 3 in D for Recorder Quartet, 8 Swinging Xmas Carols for Treble Recorder & Piano, Havana Rhubarb Rumba for Recorder Septet, Eternal Father Strong to Save (Naval hymn) for Recorder Quintet , Hebrew Slaves Chorus from Nabucco ("Va, pensiero") for Recorder Quintet, Arioso (Sinfonia to Cantata Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe) for Treble Recorder & Keyboard, Amazing Grace for Treble Recorder & Piano, Three Welsh Chorales for Recorder Quartet, Franzosisches Lied: Est-ce Mars? for Recorder Consort, Arioso (Sinfonia to Cantata Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe) for Descant Recorder & Harpsichord, SUO-GAN for Descant Recorder & Piano, Czardas for Treble Recorder & Piano, Fanfare & Soliloquy for Descant Recorder & Piano, Bollywood Tango for Treble,Tenor Recorders & Piano, Fanfare & Soliloquy for Treble Recorder & Piano, Fugue for 6 Descant Recorders, Be Thou My Vision (Hymn Tune:Slane) for Recorder Consort, Bollywood Tango for Soprinino & Tenor Recorder with Piano, Für Elise Boogie Woogie for Recorder Consort (Jazz for 5 Series), Gollidoll's Cakewalk for Recorder Sextet, African Anthem for Recorder Quintet, Air on the G string for Soprano/Descant Recorder Duo, That’s A Plenty for Clarinet Quintet (2 Bb’s, 1 Alto, 1 Bass & 1 Contra Bass in Bb), That’s A Plenty for Recorder Quintet, Moonlight Serenade (Glen Miller) for Recorder Quintet (Jazz for 5 Wind Series), Sāre Jahāṉ se Acchā - سارے جہاں سے اچھا (Indian Patriotic song) for Flute, Bassoon & Piano (Pro version), A Soprano/Descant Recorderist Goes Ballroom Dancing and All Through the Night (Ar Hyd Y Nos) for Recorder Quartet & Snare Drum

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