Gather by the River to Pray arr. by Pepper Choplin
Composer: Traditional Spiritual
Arranger: Pepper Choplin
Lyrics: Traditional Spiritual
Arrangement: SATB (or SAB – same arrangement)
River Choir Comments:
This is a mashup of Down to the River to Pray and Shall We Gather at the River. I have mixed feelings about this arrangement, and have tried a few modifications. It is easily accessible by most choir, but has a sugary sweet bent that you’ll find in most YouTube recordings. I’ve modified the piece by substituting an intro from “O Brother Where Art Thou” which helps, and I keep the piece moving. Make sure you keep your sections from swooping into the entrances.
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