Ross Fiddes

Three Negro Spirituals

InstrumentationFl.1/2 + picc, Ob.1/2, Cl.1/2, Bs.Cl., Bsn.1/2 4 Hn., 4 Tpt, 2 Tbn, Bs.Tbn, Tuba Timp. Perc 1/2 Strings Amplified female soloist (range - F below the stave to Bb above)
Length20 minutes
DifficultyEasy-Moderate (inc. some exposed work).
CommentsThese arrangements were written for the orchestra of which I was formerly conductor & an expat. African/American singer of prodigious range emotionally and vocally who lives locally (Newcastle, Australia). Although the spiritual has been considerably worked over, orchestras may be interested in a different & antipodean perspective in these arrangements.

The three spirituals are: Ride on King Jesus, The Crucifixion (And He Never Said a Mumblin' Word), Sin (Sinner, Please Don't Let This Harvest Pass)

SourcesFull score, piano score and parts (as well as cassette of the first performance) available from the composer -
Ross Fiddes
PO Box 375
2305 NSW
Ph: +61 2 4957 7711
Fax: +61 2 4957 7722
HistoryFirst performance 12 March 1995, Newcastle City Hall. Francine Bell (soloist), Novocastrian Arts Orchestra, cond. John Kellaway. Subsequent performance by Ms Bell at various venues with piano accompaniment.
ContributorThe composer.

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