SATB choir and Piano - Early Intermediate
Composed by Gwyneth W. Walker. Spirituals. Secular, 21st century. Piano/choral score. Duration 4 minutes, 30 seconds. E.C. Schirmer Publishing #8226. Published by E.C. Schirmer Publishing (EC.8226).
ISBN 600313482267. UPC: 600313482267. English.
A very poignant song. Phrases such as "Hush little baby, don’t you cry, you know your mama was born to die," or "Oh my brothers, I must leave you here behind," view the approach of death in terms of those left behind.
The accompaniment of repeated 8th-note chords is marked as if trembling or sobbing. Although the harmonic language is tonal and consonant almost entirely throughout the song, a few dissonances appear near the end, reflecting the pain of parting. Duration: 4:30.