Fantasy on an African American Spiritual
Subtitle: My Lord! What a Morning!
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
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
Percussion I-II-III, including:
- Orchestra Bells
- Shaker, large
- Suspended Cymbal
None discovered thus far.
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
- Georgia: IV
- Louisiana: III
- Oklahoma: III-A
- Tennessee: III
- Texas: III. Complete
- Virginia: IV
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- Kansas City (Prairie Village) Wind Symphony (Langston Hemenway, conductor) – 8 March 2020
- Lithonia (Ga.) High School Concert Band (David High, conductor) – 15 March 2014
Works for Winds by This Composer
- Fantasy on an African American Spiritual (2000)
- Prairie Schooner (2001)
- River Grove Reflections (2000)
- Spirit Triumphant (2002)
- Summerset March (2001)
- Whitewater Journey (2006)