ask the watchman (satb)


  • Catalog ID: S-239
  • First Line: ask the watchman ''how long?''
  • Composer: Paul Caldwell And Sean Ivory
  • Voicing: satb
  • Solo: B
  • Accompaniment: percussion, piano
  • Language: English
  • Country: United States
  • Other: 2006 cd07, sacred
  • Score: View Score
  • Sound: Listen


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.