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May 11, 2004 CD New in new packaging. 4 discs. Originally released: 2004. New, factory sealed. Small tear in shrink wrap. Ships immediately. Extraordinary set. A thorough and ... important document of African American music. The performances are all excellent. A must-have for any serious student of American music. Read more Show Less

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  • Release Date: 5/11/2004
  • Label: Clarion
  • UPC: 040888904427
  • Catalog Number: 9044


Disc 1
  1. 1 Witness, for chorus (3:31)
  2. 2 Hush, Hush! Somebody's Callin' My Name, arr. for chorus (4:43)
  3. 3 Death Is Gonna Lay His Cold Icy Hands on Me, arr. for chorus & piano (3:45)
  4. 4 Walk Together, Children, arr. for chorus & piano (2:35)
  5. 5 Were You There?, arr. for chorus (4:02)
  6. 6 Elijah Rock, spiritual setting for chorus (3:44)
  7. 7 This Train, arr. for vocal ensemble (7:42)
  8. 8 Jesus, Lover of MySoul (after J.S. Bach), for vocal ensemble & piano (5:26)
  9. 9 My Lord, what a mornin' (3:42)
  10. 10 Go Down, Moses, arr. for chorus (5:15)
  11. 11 In Dat Great Gittin' Up Mornin' (3:05)
  12. 12 Crucifixion (5:15)
  13. 13 Go Where I Send Thee, arr. for chorus (3:29)
  14. 14 Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, arr. for chorus (3:29)
  15. 15 Go, Tell It on the Mountain, arr. for vocal ensemble (5:05)
  16. 16 What a Mighty God, arr. for soloists & chorus (4:13)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Wailing Woman, for soprano, chorus & orchestra (9:14)
  2. 2 Swanee River (2:55)
  3. 3 We've swung him higher (3:36)
  4. 4 Look dere (2:05)
  5. 5 Oh, sorrow (4:33)
  6. 6 He was her baby (3:32)
  7. 7 They took away his freedom (2:08)
  8. 8 They left him hanging (2:10)
  9. 9 Introduction (2:07)
  10. 10 The Square Dance (2:28)
  11. 11 Tia's Dance (2:40)
  12. 12 Toby and Tip's Dance (1:56)
  13. 13 The Country Dance (2:33)
  14. 14 Miss Sally's Dance (1:17)
  15. 15 Jim Slick's Dance (2:44)
  16. 16 The Cake Walk Contest (3:20)
  17. 17 Reverie, for organ (3:58)
  18. 18 Elegy, for organ (5:21)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Mother to Son, for soprano & chorus (2:39)
  2. 2 We Shall Walk through the Valley, for chorus (2:54)
  3. 3 II. Song Form (2:10)
  4. 4 IV. Perpetual Motion (5:02)
  5. 5 An Old Black Woman, Homeless and Indistinct, for chorus & orchestra (9:50)
  6. 6 Act A. Scene 4. She's Making Coffee (3:54)
  7. 7 Act B. Scene 5. All Four in the Car (2:19)
  8. 8 Act B. Scene 6a. Dance Like the Wind (Island Sway) (3:12)
  9. 9 Tambourines to Glory, for chorus (1:04)
  10. 10 My Soul Hath Found Refuge in Thee, Psalm 91, for tenor & chorus (4:53)
  11. 11 Nocturne (6:59)
  12. 12 II. Slow (6:07)
  13. 13 III. Fast (6:56)
  14. 14 I. Rents Due Monday (3:20)
  15. 15 II. The Nonagenarian (3:41)
  16. 16 III. If There Be Sorrow (1:56)
  17. 17 IV. The Rebel (1:44)
  18. 18 V. Let Me Tell You How to Meet the Day (6:27)
Disc 4
  1. 1 St. Louis Blues, song (4:29)
  2. 2 O Southland, for chorus (3:10)
  3. 3 Song for Snow, for chorus & piano (1:59)
  4. 4 Moon Bridge, for 3-part women's chorus & piano (2:27)
  5. 5 Listen To The Lambs, anthem for 8 part mixed chorus (4:33)
  6. 6 Ethiopia's Paean to Exaltation, for chorus & piano (5:42)
  7. 7 Poor Mourner's Got a-Home at Last, for chorus (3:21)
  8. 8 Yamekraw: A Negro Rhapsody, for piano & orchestra (15:53)
  9. 9 The Chariot Jubilee, for chorus (11:48)
  10. 10 Charlestonia: Folk Rhapsody for orchestra No. 1 (9:36)
  11. 11 Ave Maria, for baritone & 4 part mixed chorus (3:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
VocalEssence Ensemble Singers Primary Artist, Choir, Chorus, Vocal Ensemble
Philip Brunelle Organ, Piano, Conductor
Hilda Harris Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
Gordon Johnson Bass
Jearlyn Steele Soprano (Vocal)
Paul Straka French Horn
Michelle Frisch Flute
William Warfield Narrator
James Bohn Baritone (Vocal)
Robert Commodore Drums
Greg Hippen Bass
Joe Pulice Drums
Kathy Robinson Oboe
Jay Young Bass
Thomas Larson Tenor (Vocal)
Maria Jette Soprano (Vocal)
Joseph Longo Clarinet
Steve Burger Baritone (Vocal)
Sigrid Johnson Conductor
Brian Link Tenor (Vocal)
Yolanda Williams Soprano (Vocal)
Dan Dressen Tenor (Vocal)
Charles Kemper Piano
Michael Jorgenson Baritone (Vocal)
Sanford Moore Piano, Vocal Director
VocalEssence Ensemble Chorus Choir, Chorus
Anthony Elliott Cello
VocalEssence Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Leigh Morris Chorale Choir, Chorus
Paul Shaw Piano
Jay Young Bass
Chris Kachian Guitar
Brian Link Tenor (Vocal)
Kevin Coria Bassoon
Ryan French Baritone (Vocal)
VocalEssence Ensemble String Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Moore By Four Vocal Ensemble
Joseph Longon Clarinet
Michele Frisch Flute
Robert Stacke Drums
Michael Forest Tenor (Vocal)
Technical Credits
William Grant Still Arranger
Langston Hughes Text
W.C. Handy Text
Gwendolyn Brooks Text
Marian Evans Text
Preston Smith Engineer, Engineering
Jimmie Curtis Text
Charles Wesley Text
Hall Johnson Arranger
Steve Barnett Producer
John H. West Producer
Elizabeth Coatsworth Text
Ta-coumba Aiken Cover Art
Verna Arvey Text
Anna J. Cooper Text
Sharon Sudman Graphic Design
Dominique-Rene deLerma Liner Notes
James Weldon Johnson Text
Cary John Franklin Producer
Katherine Garrison Chapin Text
Mary Rolofson Gamble Text
Jim Curtis Text
Mari Evans Text
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