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Processional on 'Simple Gifts'

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By Elder Joseph Brackett

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Piano Accompaniment, Organ, Flute - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Elder Joseph Brackett. Arranged by Spike Maiden Müller. Sacred, Easter, Wedding. Score, Set of Parts. 14 pages. Published by Spike Maiden Mueller (S0.1057129).

Item Number: S0.1057129

Simple Gifts is believed to have been written around 1848 by Elder Joseph Brackett from Alfred Shaker Village in Maine. The tune was largely unknown outside Shaker communities until Aaron Copland used it in his 1944 ballet Appalachian Spring. Since then it has inspired and/or informed such classics as Sydney Carter's Lord of the Dance and John Zdechlik's Chorale and Shaker Dance. This version was written as the processional for the wedding of Thomas Hall and Nancy Pierce. The flute and piano parts require some technical skill, while the organ part is simple and straightforward. If used for a wedding, be sure to emphasize the Here Comes the Bride motif in the last two bars of the organ pedal part!
©1994, 1998, 2019 P. R. Spike Maiden Müller. All rights reserved. You may contact Spike at his web site at

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