Joshua Fit the Battle of Jerico
SATB choir and piano - Moderately Difficult
Composed by Eli Villanueva. General, Spiritual. Octavo. Duration 2 minutes, 50 seconds. Published by Laurendale Associates (MN.CH-1174).
Item Number: MN.CH-1174
Joshua Fit the Battle of Jerico is one of six Traditional Spirituals Eli originally arranged for Solo Voice and Piano. The origin of the spiritual is generally accredited to the Christian Slaves who sang about the message of Jesus Christ and the Good News as well as a way to share their difficult conditions of slavery with each other. To honor the traditions of the Spiritual, the song marries the text and melody of the Traditional Spiritual with the colors and harmonies found in a more contemporary era. You will notice that many of the time signatures within this song have been changed to create irregular patterns within the melody. This is to create an unstable sense of the battle, which is carried on into an optional written improvisational section that grows wildly to an abrupt end, creating a picture of a wild battle. Traditional Spititual.