Choir Secular with Piano (3-Part Mixed Choir (SAB))
Arranged by Joanna Forbes. Book; Choral Collection. Faber Edition: Choral Basics. Secular. Published by Faber Music (AP.12-0571526217).
Item Number: AP.12-0571526217
ISBN 0571526217. Secular.
This collection is a tribute to Eva Cassidy, the singer, guitarist and arranger who died in 1996 at the tragically early age of 33. Thankfully her wonderful interpretations of jazz, folk, gospel, spiritual and contemporary pop songs are now widely available as recordings.
This collection of three songs are taken from the posthumously released anthology album Songbird. It was her version of Harold Arlen's Over the Rainbow from the Wizard of Oz that made Cassidy's name famous, and it couldn't be more different that Judy Garland's 1939 rendition. Her adaptation of the 1947 classic Autumn Leaves seems to create a completely new song altogether. The final item in the collection is the up-beat spiritual Wade in the Water.