Simple Gifts

Joseph Brackett Junior
Year of composition
Joseph Bracket Junior
Difficult (Grades 7+)
3 minutes
Instrumental parts

The United Society of Believers in Christ ’s Second Appearing is commonly known by the name Shakers. This song, is composed by Shaker Elder, Joseph Brackett Junior as a work song for the shakers in 1848.The song is first published in the The Gift to be Simple: Shaker Rituals and songs.

The arrangement for this song is most commonly arranged for solo voice with piano or for SATB with piano. Thus the arranger, decides to arrange for a SATB, unaccompained.

The arrangement ’s most diffcult part is that the changing of keys very often. From C Major to F Major, with the changing of keys up to 7 times in all & all the keys are different. This, the arranger believes not many songs do it this way.

The song starts from moderato & ends with adagio, with speed changes four times.

The do in the music,is to mainly help the singers to change to the next key. Its secondary aim is to help the singers to do rhyme. The do in this score is to rhyme with the sound du.

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