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Fantasy on an African American Spiritual

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Bruce Preuninger

Bruce Preuninger


Subtitle: My Lord! What a Morning!


General Info

Year: 2000
Duration: c. 4:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Spiritual
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishers
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $90.00; (digital) - $78.00   |   Score Only (print) - $11.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute
Oboe I-II
Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bongos
  • Cabasa
  • Conga
  • Guiro
  • Marimba
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Shaker, large
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

This fresh arrangement takes the familiar tune My Lord What A Mornin' into uncharted territory. It's a bit jazzy, a bit folksy, a bit chromatic, a bit classical and very effective. Creative percussion with unique effects join with very original ideas to create one of the more refreshing pieces we've heard.

- Program Note from publisher


My Lord! What a Morning! is one of the best-known examples of the African-American song form known as the "spiritual." Inspired by the spontaneous emotions of the African-derived slave and the plantation songs, spirituals took on a unique identity during the post-Civil War era through the incorporation of European musical influences.

Whiles spirituals are often thought of as music of a singular time and place, African-American composer Harry T. Burleigh (b. 1866) describes the essences of a more timeless aspect. "… for through all these songs there breathes a hope, a faith in the ultimate justice and brotherhood of man."

- Program Note from score


Media


State Ratings

  • Georgia: IV
  • Louisiana: III
  • Oklahoma: III-A
  • Tennessee: III
  • Texas: III. Complete
  • Virginia: IV


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