Composer:   Southern folksong
Arranger:   Alf Houkom
Publisher:   Boosey & Hawkes
Edition:   M051470693
Voicing:   SATB div
Setting:   A Cappella


Rod Rothlisberger
Minnesota State University at Moorhead 2004
R&R Chair College & University

Prayer to the Great Spirit

This graceful setting of the folksong is gentle, but engaging. It is essentially SATB with all but the tenor part containing some divisi sections. Two verses are set with a short coda. The arrangement contains a wide range of dynamic expectations. The soprano and bass ranges are somewhat extended, but the alto and tenor are very comfortable. Some mild harmonic dissonances add interest to this wonderful lyric tune. As with so many folksong settings, this arrangement lends itself to being sung surrounding the audience.