From Plank Road Publishing
arr. Karl Hitzemann
The first known publication of this spiritual dates back to 1876. In 1917, African American composer and singer Harry T. Burleigh, a student and friend of Antonin Dvorak, created a very popular version of the song, and it has since become one of the best-known and best-loved spirituals of our time. It would be ideal for historical discussions, especially during African American History Month. Our setting is a traditional 3-part mixed arrangement, with two treble parts and a part in the bass clef that works well with boys' voices that have changed or are in the process of changing, and girls with a lower range. The piece can also be done in unison.