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African-American Spirituals - Any How - Arranged for SATB and String Quartet by Gerald Manning

Composer
ANON. SPIRITUAL
Arranger
Gerald Manning
Lyricist
African-American Spiritual
Publisher
Difficulty
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
Duration
2 minutes
Genre
Classical music
Instrumentation
Choir
Instrumental parts

AFRICAN-AMERICAN SPIRITUALS Any How Text: African-American Spiritual

Spirituals are religious folksongs, which evolved and are associated with a complex history of revivalism in America, between 1740 and the 19th century. The very first Negro spirituals were inspired by African music even if the tunes were not far from those of hymns. Some of them, which were called �shouts� were accompanied with typical dancing including hand clapping and foot tapping.

Sir Michael Tippett in his oratorio A Child of our Time uses spirituals instead of chorales to convey the message and drama of his work. Spirituals have become very popular as concert music due mainly to the fund-raising tours of the Fisk Jubilee Singers, who introduced them to North America and Europe.

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