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The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere

By Gwyneth W. Walker

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SATB choir and piano - Intermediate
Composed by Gwyneth W. Walker (1947-). Secular, 21st century. Choral score. Duration 7 minutes, 30 seconds. E.C. Schirmer Publishing #7946. Published by E.C. Schirmer Publishing (EC.7946).

Item Number: EC.7946

ISBN 600313479465. English.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's famous poem The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere tells the story of the colonial American patriot who rides on horseback to rally his Massachusetts neighbors against the British militia. The route which the British are taking is relayed to Paul Revere by his friend in Boston, watching the army's movements and then hanging signal lanterns in the belfry of Old North Church. "One if by land, and two if by sea."
The musical setting endeavors to capture the energy of horse and rider. Therefore, "galloping" rhythms are often heard in the piano accompaniment. As Paul Revere rides through the New England towns, the pace of the music quickens--Medford, Lexington and Concord. "So through the night rode Paul Revere." He keeps in mind his plan and his message: "One if by land, two if by sea. Arise! Defend our Liberty!"
Duration: 7:30

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