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Way Over in Beulah Lan'

Understanding and Performing the Negro Spiritual

By Kris Kropff

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Understanding and Performing the Negro Spiritual. Composed by Kris Kropff. Text. Heritage Music Press #30/2268H. Published by Heritage Music Press (LO.30-2268H).

Item Number: LO.30-2268H

ISBN 9780893287238.

Renowned choral conductor and educator Andre J. Thomas has crafted a book that the conductor of any choral ensemble-be it church, high school, university, or professional-will want close at hand when preparing to program any concert spiritual. Understanding the Spiritual, the first of the book's two sections, includes an exploration of the beginnings of the spiritual, its role in society and its transition into art music. Issues of interpretation-text, diction, rhythm and tempo-are addressed in the second section, Performing the Spiritual. In addition to interviews with noted conductors Dr. Anton Armstrong and Prof. Judith Willoughby as to matters of performance and selection, the centerpiece of this section is Dr. Thomas's personal reflections on several spiritual arrangements, including his rehearsal techniques (with specific examples and measure-number references to the included scores), as well as an insightful look into his decisions of interpretation.

  • Singing in a Strange Land: The Origin and Development of the Spiritual 
  • From the Oral Tradition to the Printed Page: Selected Collectors 
  • Beyond the Printed Page to Shaping an Art: Selected Arrangers 
  • From the Printed Page to the Concert Stage: Interpreting the Spiritual 
  • Reflections on Six Spirituals 
  • Soon Ah Will Be Done 
  • Swing Down Chariot 
  • Way Over in Beulah Lan' 
  • Beautiful City 
  • I'm Gonna Sing 
  • Other Perspectives: Interviews with Dr. Armstrong and Prof. Willoughby 
  • Index of Concert Spirituals by Arranger 
  • Index of Concert Spirituals by Title 
  • Notes 
  • Bibliography 
  • Selected Audio and Video Recordings 
  • About the Author 
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