Swing Low, Sweet Chariot for Wind Quintet

By: Wallis Willis
For: Wind quintet
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Composer
Wallis Willis
Arranger
Difficulty
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
Duration
3 minutes
Genre
Jazz music
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An arrangement of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot arranged for classical Wind Quintet.

A great chart for your next performance, and a challenging arrangement to introduce jazz styles to your ensemble.

"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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Frankie & Johnny for Wind Quintet, Frankie & Johnny for Descant Recorder & Piano, Frankie & Johnny for Bb Bass Clarinet & Piano, Frankie & Johnny for Bassoon & Piano, Frankie & Johnny for Bb Clarinet & Piano, Frankie & Johnny for Oboe & Piano, Frankie & Johnny for Flute & Piano, Träumerei for Flute & Piano, Frankie & Johnny for Recorder Consort, Pachelbel’s Canon for 8 Bb Clarinets, Pachebel’s Canon for Flute Choir/Octet, Pachelbel's Canon in D for Recorder Octet, Pachelbel's Kanon for Saxophone Octet, Pachelbel's Canon in D for Clarinet Octet, 8 Swinging Xmas Carols for Bassoon & Piano, Welsh National Anthem for Wind Quintet (hen Wlad fy Nhadau-Land of my fathers), Dido’s Lament for Flute, Lute & Keyboard (When I am Laid to Earth), Allegro from the Water Music for a Quartet of Oboes & Bassoons, Für Elise Boogie Woogie for Flute & Piano (Keith Terrett Jazz for Wind Series), SUO-GAN for Bassoon & Piano, Prelude from the Te Deum for Bb Clarinet & Organ, Czardas for Flute & Piano, Bollywood Tango for Oboe, Bassoon & Keyboard, Allegro from Torelli’s Concerto for Trumpet for Oboe & Keyboard , 8 Swinging Xmas Carols for French Horn & Piano, Jasmine Flower (The) for solo Flute & Piano (Keith Terrett Classic Woodwind Series), Trumpet Tune from the Island Princess for Wind Quintet, Fanfare & Soliloquy for Cor Anglais & Piano, Twenty Minute Tango for French Horn & Piano, Eternal Father Strong, to Save (Naval hymn) for Oboe Consort, Arrival of the Queen of Sheba for two Bassoons & String Orchestra, 7 julsangs (Xmas carols) popular in Norway for Flute Quartet, Bollywood Tango for Bb Clarinet, Bb Bass Clarinet & Keyboard, 7 julsangs for Oboe Quartet (Norwegian Xmas Carols), Three Welsh Chorales for Wind Quartet, Franzosisches Lied: Est-ce Mars? for Wind Quintet, Air from the Suite No. 3 in D for Flute & Keyboard, Jasmine Flower (The) for Bb Clarinet & Piano, Franzosisches Lied: Est-ce Mars? for Flute Ensemble, Jazz it up:When the Saints Go Marching In for Bb Clarinet & Piano, Amazing Grace for Bassoon & Piano, Two Arias for Clarinet Choir, Arioso (Sinfonia to Cantata Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe) for French Horn & Keyboard, O Sole Mio for Flute & Piano, What Shall We Do With The Drunken Bassoonist?, What Shall We Do With The Drunken Wind Quintet?, A Hornist Goes Ballroom Dancing for French Horn & Piano, 7 Popular carols in Norway for two Bb Trumpets, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot for Bassoon & Keyboard, Träumerei for Wind Quintet (Flt, Ob, Hn, Clt & Bsn), Für Elise Boogie Woogie for Oboe & Piano (Keith Terrett Jazz for Wind Series), Sa To To Ka Lei for Concert Band, Für Elise Boogie Woogie for French Horn & Piano (Keith Terrett Jazz for Brass Series), Sounds of the Pacific (Tagi Voli) for Concert Band, Von fremden Landern und Menschen for Saxophone Quintet, Von Fremden Landern und Menschen for Recorder Consort, Von Fremden Landern und Menschen for Flute Choir, Für Elise Boogie Woogie for Wind Quintet (Keith Terrett Jazz for 5 Wind Series), Für Elise Boogie Woogie for Saxophone Quintet (Jazz for 5 Saxophones Series), Von Fremden Landern und Menschen for Clarinet Choir, Für Elise Boogie Woogie for Recorder Consort (Jazz for 5 Series), Scenes from Childhood (Kinderszenen) Opus 15, for Wind Quintet, Arioso (Sinfonia to Cantata Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe) for Bb Bass Clarinet & Harpsichord, Frankie & Johnny for Clarinet Quintet, Hula Bird Song for Concert/Wind Band, Chinese National Anthem for Wind Quintet (March of the Volunteers) MFAO World National Anthem Series, No. 1 of Trois Gnossiennes for Oboe & Piano, Allegro from the Water Music for Two Bb Clarinets, Two Eb Alto Clarinets & Concert Band, Für Elise Boogie Woogie for Bb Clarinet & Piano (Keith Terrett Jazz for Wind Series), Four Early Jazz Classics from the USA! for Clarinet Choir, A Serenade for Wind Quintet, Allegro from the Trumpet Concerto for French Horn & Keyboard, 3 & 1/4 Classic Favourites for Five Clarinets! ( 4 Bbs & Bass), Were You There? for French Horn & Piano, Una Furtiva Lagrima for French Horn & Piano, Eternal Father Strong to Save (Naval hymn) for Wind Quartet/Quintet, Allegro from the Water Music for a quartet of Flutes, French Horns & Concert Band, Allegro from the Water Music for two Eb Alto Trombones, two French Horns & Concert Band, Czardas for French Horn & Piano, Berceuse (Opus 16) for Flute & Harp, Lullaby for a Clarinettist, Keyboards & String / E. Bass Guitar, In Dulci Jubilo "In sweet rejoicing" for Oboe Consort, Allegro from the Water Music for two C Euphoniums (BC), two French Horns & Concert Band, Hebrew Slaves Chorus from Nabucco ("Va, pensiero") for Clarinet Quintet, Getting Bluesy for Concert/Wind Band, Elegy Sentimentale for Concert/Wind Band, Rondo Alla Turca for Bb Bass Clarinet & Piano, Salut d'Amour Loves Greeting Opus 12 for Bb Bass Clarinet & Piano and African Anthem for Clarinet Quintet

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