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Deep River (arr Ployhar)

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James D Ployhar

Arranged by James D Ployhar


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General Info

Year: / 1959
Duration:
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print


Instrumentation

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Errata

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Program Notes

Deep River is an anonymous spiritual of African American origin. The song was first mentioned in print in 1876, when it was published in the first edition of The Story of the Jubilee Singers: With Their Songs, by J.B.T. Marsh. By 1917, when Henry T. Burleigh completed the last of his several influential arrangements, the song had become very popular in recitals. It has been called "perhaps the best known and best-loved spiritual".

At least one commentator has suggested that the song is intended to offer advice to slaves who want to run away, i.e., you should escape via a "river" to your "home…over Jordan" because the water will wash away your scent.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Deep River (song), Wikipedia Accessed 5 March 2016
  • Ployhar, J. (1959). Deep River : Arranged for Band [score]. Byron-Douglas: Melville, N.Y.