His Spirit of Freedom (Favorite Hymns and Spirituals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) by Traditional. Arranged by Bud Caputo. Orchestra. SmartMusic; String Orchestra. Highland String Orchestra. Light Concert; Novelty; Spiritual. Grade 2.5. Conductor Score & Parts. 128 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.29737).
This nine-song medley will entertain, as well as enlighten, student and adult audiences in celebration of this national holiday. While the arrangement remains in the comfortable keys of D and G Major, there are some challenging rhythmic and syncopated passages. It will be a welcomed addition to multi-cultural string orchestra repertoire and assist teachers in meeting MENC National Standard No. 9 by promoting multi-cultural learning experiences. Presented in either their full version or in melodic motifs, the following titles are included: "When The Saints Go Marchin' In," "Just A Closer Walk With Thee," "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands," "Maitland/Precious Lord Take My Hand," "Lift Every Voice And Sing," "Oh, Freedom, Keep Your Eyes On The Prize" and "Standing In The Need Of Prayer." (4:12) This title is available through SmartMusic.