Category:   TTBB CHOIRS
Composer:   Stephen Foster
Arranger:   Robert Shaw & Alice Parker
Publisher:   Lawson-Gould/Alfred
Edition:   LG00859
Voicing:   TTBB
Setting:   Accompanied


Matthew Culloton
The Singers 2001
R&R Chair TTBB Choirs

I simply cannot resist this piece when I am programming for a mature male choir. With piano or guitar accompaniment and smooth vocal lines, this piece is undoubtedly one of the finest to come from the Shaw/Parker collaboration. Scored for TTBB, the piece starts in unison before going into two-part harmony. In no time the score opens to a rich four-part sonority, unaccompanied until the last four measures. Gentle Annie is reflective in nature, and incidentally is one of the few Foster texts that we can get away with in today’s society. If this score has been gathering dust in your library, it is time to take another look and explore again the immense number of musical possibilities that one can experience in this arrangement.