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Early, My God, Without Delay

By Justin Morgan

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Choral - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Justin Morgan. Arranged by Ryan D. Neaveill. Instructional, Sacred, Classical Period, Folk Music, World. Octavo. 10 pages. Ryan Neaveill #SP1997-002. Published by Ryan Neaveill (S0.12969).

Item Number: S0.12969

This is a marvelous piece from one of the United States’ earliest composers. Early, My God, Without Delay falls under the classification of fuging tune--a popular idiom in colonial New England in the late 18th century and used frequently by many early American composers including William Billings. Fuging tunes typically begin with all voices together in a homophonic hymn-like statement (mm. 1-11 in this edition), followed by a section where each voice enters one after the other in an imitative manner similar to a fugue (mm. 12-23). Another striking characteristic of this genre is the use of open fifths (for example, the cadences in mm. 23 and 28), as well as the nontraditional use of parallel fifths (note the soprano and alto parts in m. 3). These features, in addition to the contrast between homophony and polyphony, give this style of music its unique flavor. This edition also features two vocal exercises based on material found in the piece.

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