Swing Low, Sweet Chariot for Descant Recorder & Piano

By: Wallis Willis
For: Solo Soprano Recorder + piano
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Wallis Willis
Year of composition
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
2 minutes
Jazz music
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Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" was composed by Wallis Willis, a Choctaw freedman in the old Indian Territory, sometime before 1862. He was inspired by the Red River which reminded him of the Jordan River and of the Prophet Elijah being taken to heaven by a chariot. Many non-scholarly sources[clarification needed] (see Songs of the underground railroad) claim that this song and "Steal Away",also composed by Willis had hidden lyrics referring to the Underground Railroad.nnAlexander Reid, a minister at a 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 then popularized the songs during a tour of the United States and Europe.nnThe song enjoyed a resurgence during the 1960s Civil Rights struggle and the folk revival; it was performed by a number of artists, perhaps most famously during this period, by Joan Baez during the legendary 1969 Woodstock festival.nnThe song was adopted by England rugby union fans during the last match of the 1988 season. The song was recorded by UB40 for the Rugby team to win the world cup.

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Stanley Trumpet Voluntary for Recorder Consort, A Serenade for Recorder Consort, Jazz it up:When the Saint’s Go Marching In for Bass Recorder & Piano, Cwm Rhondda for Recorder Quartet, Fanfare & Soliloquy for Treble Recorder & Piano, The Saint’s Visit Havana with a Touch of W.A.Mozart for Descant Recorder & Piano, Mattinata for Treble (Alto) Recorder & Piano, Dido’s Lament for Flute, Lute & Keyboard (When I am Laid to Earth), Chorale Partita with Seven Variations for Wind Quintet (Alle Menshen), Jerusalem for Recorder Quintet (And Did Those Feet In Ancient Times), Twenty Minute Tango for Treble Recorder & Piano, 8 Swinging Xmas Carols for Descant Recorder & Piano, What Shall We Do With The Drunken Tenor Recorder Player ?, Overture from Suite in D from the Water Music for two Treble Recorders & Keyboard, Havana Rhubarb Rumba for Recorder Septet, Arioso (Sinfonia to Cantata Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe) for Treble Recorder & Keyboard, Echo for Recorder Octet, Franzosisches Lied: Est-ce Mars? for Recorder Consort, SUO-GAN for Descant Recorder & Piano, Chorale Partita with Seven Variations for Recorder Consort, Amazing Grace for Treble Recorder & Piano, O Sole Mio for Treble Recorder & Piano, Frankie & Johnny for Recorder Consort, Czardas for Treble Recorder & Piano, Stanley Trumpet Voluntary for two Descant Recorders & Organ (no pedals), Bollywood Tango for Bb Soprano/Soprillo & Eb Baritone Saxophone with Piano, Havana Rhubarb Rumba for two Descant Recorders & Piano, Badinerie from Suite No.2 for Descant Recorder & Piano, 7 julsangs (Xmas Carols) for Recorder Consort (Norwegian Christmas carols), Nessun Dorma for Descant Recorder & Piano, Be Thou My Vision (Hymn Tune:Slane) for Recorder Consort, Air on the G string for Soprano/Descant Recorder Duo, Arioso (Sinfonia to Cantata Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe) for Descant Recorder & Harpsichord, Für Elise Boogie Woogie for Recorder Consort (Jazz for 5 Series), Frankie & Johnny for Descant Recorder & Piano, Badinerie from Suite No.2 for Treble Recorder & Piano, Nessun Dorma for Treble (Alto) Recorder & Piano, African Anthem for Recorder Quintet, Bollywood Tango for Soprinino & Tenor Recorder with Piano, Vedrò con mio diletto Aria: from the opera " Il Giustino" for Viola & Keyboard, Vedrò con mio Diletto: Aria from the Opera "Giustino" for Treble (Alto) Recorder & String Quartet, A Soprano/Descant Recorderist Goes Ballroom Dancing and 7 Popular carols in Norway for two Descant/Soprano Recorders

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