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Deep River (arr Swearingen)

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James Swearingen

Traditional, arranged by James Swearingen

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Subtitle: Chorale Prelude

General Info

Year: 1998
Duration: c. 3:53
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts - $45.00   |   Score Only - $6.00


Full Score
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Percussion I-II

(percussion detail needed)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Commissioned by and dedicated to the Village Presbyterian Church Wind Ensemble, Prairie View, Kansas, Pat Smith Kelly, conductor.

- Program Note by score

Deep River is an anonymous spiritual of African American origin. It has been sung in several films, including the 1929 film version of Show Boat, although it was not used in the original show. The melody was also adapted into the popular song Dear Old Southland, in 1921.

At least one commentator has suggested that the song is intended to offer advice to slaves who want to run away, i.e., you should escape via a "river" to your "home…over Jordan" because the water will wash away your scent.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

Audio Links

State Ratings

  • Mississippi: IV-A


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