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New Wade'n Water

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Adolphus Hailstork

Adolphus Hailstork

General Info

Year: 2002 / 2003
Duration: c. 3:15
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00; (digital) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00; (digital) - $10.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
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
String Bass
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Tambourine
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A contemporary adaptation of the traditional African American spiritual Wade in the Water.

- Program Note from publisher

Wade in the Water (Roud 5439) is the name of a spiritual first published in New Jubilee Songs as Sung by the Fisk Jubilee Singers (1901) by John Wesley Work II and his brother, Frederick J. Work. It is associated with the songs of the Underground Railroad.

Wade in the water
Wade in the water, children
Wade in the water

God's gonna trouble the water

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

  • Louisiana: I


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