Composer:   Stephen Hatfield
Publisher:   Boosey & Hawkes
Edition:   3294630
Voicing:   SATB
Setting:   A Cappella


Steve Dietz
Alexandria High School 2011
R&R Chair High School Choirs

The title “Ain’t That News” is a tribute to the Staple Singers, who sang a piece by that name, not otherwise quoted in this chart. The opening seven measures are an adaptation of an old Paul Robeson 78. The rest of the piece is original material intended to pay homage to the original spiritual. Hatfield quotes, “My goal is to allow even the most demure chorister to have at least a little taste of what it would be like to be Aretha Franklin.”