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"Newer" a cappella spirituals

Good afternoon,
 
Curious to hear what more recently composed a cappella spirituals conductors have enjoyed in recent years.  Supposing we say...
 
a) a cappella
b) published in the 21st century
c) up tempo
 
Ken Berg's My God is a Rock is one of my personal favorites.  Other nominations?
 
Thanks,
 
Ethan
Replies (15): Threaded | Chronological
on August 5, 2012 4:41pm
Hello Ethan!
 
I composed an SATB spiritual last year. It starts off freely and slowly but gradually accelerates and becomes 'up tempo.'  It has a piano accompaniment but I think it could be reworked into an a cappella piece with minimal adjustments. The text is derived from Psalm 4.  Are you interested?
 
Heather Seaton,
Composer
 
on August 6, 2012 7:22pm
Thanks to all here.  I happen to love "Let Everything that Hath Breath," though I would agree with placing that in the gospel category instead.  Meanwhile, I'm amazed that I've never heard of Stacey Gibbs before, having listened to several of his arrangements today.  Allan, do you (or anyone that "applauded" your post) have a particular favorite?  Slight bias towards the faster ones here.
on August 7, 2012 11:59am
Hi Ethan,

I really like "Fare Ye Well," "Hold On," and "Yonder Come Day" (not on the album, written for & premiered at World Choir Games 2012). Since most of his new works will be rolling out over time from different publishers, it might be best to get in direct contact with him about purchasing pdf copies of his work.

Stacey V. Gibbs - maestroman8(a)yahoo.com
on August 24, 2012 6:38am
Ethan -- if you are looking for Christmas spirituals, check out my setting of "Sweet Little Jesus Boy" for mezzo solo and SATB a cappella from 2007.  FYI, from the 1990's and a cappella, I also have set "Behold That Star" and "Rise Up Shepherd and Follow" for baritone solo, SATB and organ.  Info on all available via at this link to the compositions page at my website.  best, 
 
chris
 
Christopher J. Hoh
 
 
on August 30, 2012 10:40am
My colleague at CWU Vijay Singh wrote a wonderful spiritual - "Carpenters of God" in 2010.
 
He talks for the first minute on this video before it is performed.
 
on September 3, 2012 4:53pm
Greg Gilpin's Nothin' Gonna Stumble My Feet is really good: http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/search.jsp?keywords=gonna+stumble
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