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You Will Reap:
The Water is Wide:
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Monthly Archives: January 2018
We’ll want the warmest sound possible on this one. I’ve always loved this melody. Let’s all go together.
I counted through all the measures of rest so that you can feel those places where you will be clapping. Try to feel the beat and count the measures through those places. This one is going to be fun!
This is a grand and beautiful piece.
“Zion’s Walls” is a revivalist tune with words and music by John G. McCurry (1821 – 1886), a farmer from Georgia who published the song collection, The Social Harp. Copland used this song again in his opera, The Tender Land (1952-1954). Copland’s orchestration alternates between various instruments playing the tune with the singer and descant instrumental accompaniment, sometimes using both in one phrase.
Come fathers and mothers,
Come sisters and brothers,
Come join us in singing the praises of Zion.
O fathers, don’t you feel determined
To meet within the walls of Zion?
We’ll shout and go round
The walls of Zion.
I will take liberties with the tempo, movement and breaks in this one. It is recorded without any of that. Dynamics are key especially when we crescendo and decrescendo on the oooohs. To me, it feels like waves on the beach or the tide rising and falling. Beautiful!
Hey there everybody! This will be tons of fun.
Please mark the sign (on the top of page 6) and the coda (top of page 13) so you know where you are going.
Here’s the road map:
First time straight through until the bottom of 12
When you get to D.S. al coda, go back to page 6, m. 35
continue on until the bottom of page 9- when you see the coda sign (which looks like a target scope) turn to the coda, find the matching symbol, and sing to the end.
Mark those spots to lower the level of confusion, please.
I had a little trouble at those places, trying to turn and continue playing, so there are a few small glitches, but I’m not worried. You’ll figure it out. Have fun!
Here is a version of our arrangement. Their pitch is squirrelly, but you get the idea.
Here’s a little something to get you started. This piece is quite repetitive, so these parts repeat. If you know this basic part, you know the song. This one will be memorized. It’s easier than you think.
chorus 2 tenor:
chorus 2 sop 2:
Chorus 2 sop 1:
Chorus 2 bass:
Chorus 2 alto:
Chorus 1: plus all parts