This past summer I watched the film “1917”, during which a British soldier sings the American gospel song “The Wayfaring Stranger” to his fellow soldiers before heading into a battle. Then a few nights later, I had a dream where I was singing the song in a choir, creating this rhythmic, hocketed and hummed accompaniment, reminiscent of African-American work songs, for a soloist who sang the words. I woke up and was intent on recreating this effect by completing a setting of this song for Solo Male Voice and TTBB Choir and finished within a few days.
But with no chance of a choir being able to sing it during the pandemic, I am so glad that my good friend David McHenry was willing and able to make this fantastic recording all by himself overdubbing himself singing all the parts:
The work is also available in a version for Solo Female Voice and SSAA Choir as well.
Scores can be purchased on my website: https://keanesouthard.instantencore.com/web/page.aspx?title=The+Wayfaring+Stranger