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Looking for arranger for Shaw's "Go Tell it On the Mountain" recording

Good evening!  I'm looking for the name of the arranger of the spiritual Go Tell it On the Mountain that was sung by the Robert Shaw Chorale on the "FESTIVAL OF CAROLS" album made back in the late 50's-early 60's.  I have searched far and wide, and have actually ordered the CD to see if there is any information on the CD jacket.  It is almost certainly NOT Alice Parker, as every list that I have seen of her arrangements does not include that particular title.  Any help would be appreciated.  This is a memorable arrangement for me, as I remember this album very definitively as a child and would love to do this version with my choir.  If anyone has any idea where it might be obtained, I would love to know that as well.
Joanne K, Palm Harbor Florida.
Replies (6): Threaded | Chronological
on August 17, 2014 4:40am
Hi Joanne,
I think you're probably right that it's not Alice - but I think she'd be a great place to start as she is a walking history of the Shaw Chorale recordings. You can reach her via - and she is delightful!

You might also reach out to Keith Burris, who wrote the recent bio of Shaw, "Deep River." He would almost certainly know. He's currently an editor at the Toledo Blade.
My guess is that it is a Shaw arrangement.
Applauded by an audience of 1
on August 17, 2014 5:41am
Hi Joanne,
Like you, those Shaw Chorale recordings come easily to my ear.  If memory serves correctly, I think the Chorale sang John Wesley Work's arrangement of "Go Tell it on the Mountain."  My mom was our church choir director and it wasn't long after she first heard this recording that we were singing the Work arrangement ourselves.  It is available from E.C. Schirmer.  Here is a link to a page where you can view sample pages of the arrangement.
Applauded by an audience of 1
on August 17, 2014 6:29am
Yes, it is by John Work.
Applauded by an audience of 1
on August 17, 2014 1:07pm
Gentlemen, thanks SO much for this information.  I did confirm that this is indeed the arrangement.  Regarding Jed's suggestion; I think I will contact Alice Parker anyway, as I would love to know any additional anecdotal information about that arrangement that she may have!  I appreciate the help :-)
Joanne H Kambouris
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church choir director
Clearwater, Florida
on August 18, 2014 7:55pm
Dear Joanne K of Palm Harbor FL
  I do not recall a LP recording (or a CD reprint of the original) entitled Festival of Carols.  I do think that arr. is definitely pre-Parker days.   I do still have  some of the Shaw RCA Victor LP records, esp.  Christmasi season collelctions.   I'll see if the Go tell is on any of them.
I agree with the Jed Scott assessment; probably a Shaw himself arr. 
I am guessing the arr. could be as far back as Shaw's earliest "hit" "Set down Servant" done during his Fred Waring and Pennsylvanian days; that's got to be about 1945 or earlier;  of course that's Shawnee on the Delaware press.  Maybe the Go tell is also from that source.
I'd go along with John Work as a good bet.  I cannot hear the sound of Shaw's Go tell from olden days.   I do have some vintage 1950's - 60's
You're referring of course to a LP 33.3 record; not a CD. 
Stephen Klyce of DE
on August 19, 2014 7:39am
Joanne -
There were two Shaw Chorale recordings of Christmas carols.  What we know as Christmas Hymns and Carols Volume II was actually released first by RCA Victor in 1952, and Christmas Hymns and Carols Volume I in 1958.  It is the latter recording you want, LP1112.  I'm not sure what the CD number is, but you should be able to find it easily.
Here is what Alice Parker told me about the reversal of the two recordings on March 18, 2011 (I did my doctoral dissertation on the Shaw-Parker collaboration):  “Shaw recorded Carols I before I came to NY.  My first Xmas Album was #2, and they re-recorded Vol. I later.  So it’s not as backward as it sounds.  (One can still get that first version of Vol. I—it’s amazingly different.”) 
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