Category:   CHILDREN & YOUTH
Composer:   traditional spiritual
Arranger:   Ken Berg
Publisher:   Colla Voce
Edition:   20-96460
Voicing:   Unison
Setting:   Accompanied

Reviewer:   

Ann L. Schrooten
Community Choirs; Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs
R&R Chair Children & Youth

A solo cello and a finely crafted piano accompaniment add weight and sophistication to this lovely arrangement by Ken Berg. Unlike most versions of this traditional spiritual, the pace is stately, providing plenty of opportunity for a long, legato line from the voices.

Children will enjoy singing the slightly altered melody line, which has the quality of a soloist improvising on the spot. Verse two allows a soloist or small group to be featured in alternating phrases with the cello. The biggest challenge here for younger voices is breath control, but the mostly two-measure phrases make it possible. And a full forte dynamic is not called for until halfway through the final verse, so pacing the size of the ensemble’s sound is key to the success of this piece. The universal nature of this text makes it a great choice for programs in schools or in a church setting.