The River Sleeps Beneath the Sky by Mary Lynn Lightfoot. For SATB choir, piano. Octavo. Published by Heritage Music Press (LO.15-1506H).
A best-seller in a new voicing, this poignant setting of Sunset, by African-American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, overflows with teaching possibilities. Weaving between major and minor, it features superbly crafted vocal lines, enhanced by an artistic and supportive accompaniment. The middle section creates intensity to provide contrast for the quiet splendor of the ending. Also available: SSA (15/1306H), Three-part Mixed(15/1305H), and Two-part (15/1304H).