ask the watchman (satb)

Catalog ID: S-239
First Line: ask the watchman ''how long?''
Composer: paul caldwell and sean ivory
Author: two sea island spirituals
Voicing: satb
Solo: B,
Accompaniment: piano, percussion
Language: english
Country: united states
Other: 2006 cd07, sacred


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Ask the Watchman is based on two spirituals from the Sea Islands of South Carolina and Georgia, Ask the Watchman How Long and Yonduh Come Day, which are contextually related.  Both songs were sung on the eves of Christmas and the New Year during Watch Night Meetings, which would begin at midnight and end after dawn.  Audio excerpt used with the kind permission of the Calvin College Alumni Choir, Pearl Shangkuan, director; recorded on cd-07.

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