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Gospel Songs: Come and Go with Me to That Land (Piano/Choral Score)

By Gwyneth W. Walker

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SATB choir, piano - Early Intermediate
Composed by Gwyneth W. Walker (1947-). Spirituals. 21st Century. Piano/choral score. E.C. Schirmer Publishing #8154. Published by E.C. Schirmer Publishing (EC.8154).

Item Number: EC.8154

ISBN 600313481543. English. Text: Gwyneth Walker.

This new arrangement focuses on several, specific aspects of the lyrics, and of the "journey." Envisioning that one is walking to that land, the piano introduction, in a swing rhythm, is marked At a strolling tempo. When the chorus enters, there is a bounce to their step, with the staccato dots coming each time on the word with- Come and go with me to that land... This is a jaunty expedition. One sees one's parents waiting in that land. Loving friends are there as well. A bit of scat singing and finger snapping adds to the energy. A slower middle section, in blues style, affirms that They'll be no slavery in that land. Shackles are thrown to the ground, and freedom breaks forth. This leads to a quick and energetic return to the gospel song, with a final refrain of They'll be singing in that land, voices ringing in that land! This is very American music, in a gospel, blues, and folk style. .

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