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Faces of Kum Ba Yah

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John Zdechlik

John Zdechlik

General Info

Year: 1978
Duration: c. 9:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neil A. Kjos Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of Print


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tenor Drum
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Faces of Kum Ba Yah was commissioned in 1978 by the Lutheran Collegiate Music Association, an organization of choir and band directors within the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.

The spirit of the text and the simplicity of the melody of "Kum Ba Yah" interested me and I therefore decided to compose a piece which was representative of the various moods or faces of the text; someone's laughing, someone's praying, someone's crying, etc.

-Program Note by John Zdechlik

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

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