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Deep River (Horne)

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Benjamin Horne

Benjamin Horne

General Info

Year: 2021
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Spiritual
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $120.00   |   Score Only (print) - $25.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon 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 I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Deep River is an arrangement of the traditional spiritual of the same name for wind band. This arrangement is inspired by a popular art song version by Henry Burleigh. His low baritone voice as well as renditions by singers such as Paul Robeson are the motivation for this version's use of solo tuba for the song's initial presentation. Other allusions to Burleigh can be found through the work.

Deep River for wind band opens with solos from various voices evocative of short testimonies before we begin the song. The low voice of the tuba then leads us in with the first verse as others join in. At the conclusion of the lyric "peace," an alto saxophone solo "crosses" us over into a new place where the song starts again, but livelier featuring the entire saxophone section.

For Anthony Morris.

- Program Note from score

Deep River is an anonymous African-American spiritual, popularized by Henry Burleigh in his 1916 collection Jubilee Songs of the USA. The song was first mentioned in print in 1867, 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 Harry 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".

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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