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Down in the Valley to Pray

Traditional American Folk Ballad, Incorporating Jesus Walked That Lonesome Valley

By Jay Althouse

Choir Sacred (SAB choir/3-Part choir Mixed) - Grade 2
Traditional American Folk Ballad, Incorporating Jesus Walked That Lonesome Valley. Arranged by Jay Althouse. Choral (Sacred); Choral Octavo; Performance Music Ensemble; Single Titles; Worship Resources. Alfred Church Choral Series. All Saints Day; Ash Wednesday; Easter; Lent; Movie; Sacred; Spiritual; Spring. Choral Octavo. Jubilate Music Group #00-23638. Published by Jubilate Music Group (JU.00-23638).

Item Number: JU.00-23638

English. Psalm 23, Matthew 6:5-14, Luke 11:1-4, John 14:1-6, Revelation 6:9-11, Revalation 7:9-17.

This is a simple yet stunning arrangement of the captivating folk ballad popularized by the movie, O Brother, Where Art Thou? Jay Althouse has re-introduced its original text, quietly underscored by a haunting, Copland-esque keyboard accompaniment. After the ballad is sung in canon, it segues quite naturally into the traditional spiritual, Jesus Walked That Lonesome Valley. Easy to prepare, yet unforgettable for the entire church year, especially All Saints', Ash Wednesday, Eastertide and Lent, as well as school concerts and festivals. Available in 2 voicings.

About Alfred Church Choral Series

The Alfred Church Choral Series (ACCS) includes scripture references and seasonal applications in every octavo. The series includes original works, choral masterworks, and folk, gospel, hymn, and spiritual arrangements.

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    St. Mark's
    Orillia, Ontario
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  • February 27, 2020 Beautifully simple and effective

    Used this for an Ash Wednesday service combining four churches and bringing together 25 singers with less than half an hour of rehearsal (though they had been given the music in advance). The familiar folk and hymn tune made it easy for the non-readers to catch on quickly. The...

    piano accompaniment is appropriately spare for Lent, but also lovely and easy to play.

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  • February 13, 2019 Down in the Valley to Pray

    This is a lovely piece of music. Very easy to learn. The accompaniment is easy but adds an interesting element to the music.

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