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As well known in his day as his contemporary Paul Robeson, the African-American tenor Roland Hayes thrilled audience throughout the United States and Europe with his interpretations of songs he first heard at the Mount Zion Baptist Church in Gordon County, Georgia. As a student at Fisk University, Hayes performed with the institution's celebrated Jubilee Singers, a choral group that introduced listeners around the world to the glories of gospel music.
Thirty of Hayes' arrangements, described by The New York Times as "simple and tasteful," are assembled here in a collection of beloved spirituals set comfortably for medium voice, with piano accompaniments of only moderate difficulty. Divided into three sections, the music interprets a series of biblical events—the first concerning the Old Testament and featuring such well-known tunes as Deep River and Dry Bones; the second part comprises songs based on teachings from the Old and New Testament, including You're Tired, Chile, I'm Troubled, Steal Away, and Good News. The final section focuses on songs celebrating the life of Christ: Sister Mary Had-a But One Child, Hear de Lambs a-Cryin'?, The Last Supper, Were You There?, and others.
In addition to an introductory chapter, the author has also provided perceptively written notes to each song, which either reconstructs the spirit of the melody or provides some background history. A rich and informative collection, this volume will appeal to lovers of great spirituals and anyone who delights in the rich legacy of African-American music.

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Product Details

  • Sheet music: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (June 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486417018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486417011
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.8 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #965,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great collections of wonderful songs for piano and voice. I am very happy with the book. It arrived quickly and has a good variety of songs as well as some writings that are educational about the tunes. Great collection of good arrangements. I am pleased with the item and the seller.
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By Ward on April 15, 2013
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I have not used these yet, but I bought them because Roland Hayes was the premiere tenor of his day. He did quite well, despite the racist times. I am still investigating the interesting piano parts.
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Roland Hayes was a courageous pioneer in a difficult time in history. He experienced a moment similar to Jesse Owens' in the 1936 Olympics -- but about 15 years before. To have this book of his arrangements of what he called Aframerican songs is a significant part of an understanding of Hayes and his work.
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Thank you !!!
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