Rosephanye & William Powell, editors

[Rosephanye Powell’s] music is so fully imbued with the idiomatic style of the spiritual, so reminiscent in gesture of works like Great Camp Meeting, and so evocative of the work of great composers, that it has found a place as a remarkable contemporary expression of the genre.
–Chicago A cappella

Spirituals for Upper Voices  (Oxford Univ Press)

Song Name  and Arranger

  • Somebody’s Knockin’ At Yo’ Do’, Rosephanye Powell
  • Deep River, William C. Powell
  • I Got a Robe, Eurydice V. Osterman
  • In Dat Great Gettin’ Up Mornin’, Byron J. Smith
  • Let Me Fly, Mark Butler
  • Lit’l David Play On Yo’ Harp Evelyn, Simpson-Curenton
  • There Is a Balm In Gilead, Barbara W. Baker
  • I’m Gonna Sing, Lela Anderson
  • Scandalize My Name, Damon H. Dandridge
  • Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel?, David Morrow
  • I Got a Home In-a Dat Rock. Jacqueline Hairston
  • This Joy I Have, Robert L. Morris

From the publisher:

Drs. Rosephanye and William C. Powell are a husband and wife team who are acknowledged world experts in the African-American spiritual. The contribution of their skills and knowledge makes Spirituals for Upper Voices an inspirational collection!

This is an outstanding collection of twelve African-American spirituals arranged for upper voices. Rosephanye and William C. Powell have collaborated with some of the most talented and respected spiritual arrangers in the United States to deliver specially commissioned, authentic settings. You’ll find familiar melodies, such as ‘Deep River’ and ‘Somebody’s knockin’ at yo’ do”, alongside lesser-known spirituals, and a range of styles and moods extending from the aspirational to the celebratory. Many of the arrangements include a ‘lead voice’ part, allowing the opportunity for solo singing, and idiomatic piano parts support the voices for the accompanied spirituals; piano reductions are included for the unaccompanied arrangements. This inspirational journey through the African-American spiritual tradition is sure to captivate and delight all upper-voice choirs.

  • arrangements in two, three, or four parts
  • ‘lead voice’ parts for three arrangements
  • accompanied and unaccompanied
  • piano reductions for a cappella arrangements
  • authentic arrangements by specialists
  • range of styles and moods

88 pages | 249x174mm
ISBN:  978-0-19-380519-4

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