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Just a Closer Walk with Thee (arr Vinson)

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Johnnie Vinson

Gospel hymn arranged by Johnnie Vinson


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General Info

Year: 2002
Duration: c. 2:25
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute
Oboe
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
Horn in F
Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
Convertible Bass Line
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail needed)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Opening with the slow style of a New Orleans funeral march (with an optional combo), the arrangement then shifts gears to an up-tempo Dixieland celebration.

- Program Note by publisher


Just a Closer Walk with Thee is a traditional gospel song that has been covered by many artists. Performed as either an instrumental or vocal, "A Closer Walk" is perhaps the most frequently played number in the hymn and dirge section of traditional New Orleans jazz funerals. The title and lyrics of the song allude to the Biblical passage from 2 Corinthians 5:7 which states, "We walk by faith, not by sight," and James 4:8, "Come near to God and he will come near to you."

The precise author of "A Closer Walk" is unknown. Circumstantial evidence strongly suggests it dates back to southern African-American churches of the nineteenth century, possibly even prior to the Civil War, as some personal African American histories recall "slaves singing as they worked in the fields a song about walking by the Lord's side."

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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