fre o (satb)


  • Catalog ID: S-327
  • First Line: O brother, you tell us your sickness will not be healed.
  • Composer: Sten Kallman
  • Voicing: satb
  • Solo: S
  • Accompaniment: percussion
  • Language: Haitian
  • Country: Haiti
  • Series: Global Rhythms Choral Series
  • Other: GRCS, new 2010
  • Score: View Score
  • Sound: Listen


The Republic of Haiti was created in 1804 by slaves who revolted against France.  Modern Haitians are descended from generations of intermarriage between a variety of West African nations, with some influence from the French and the Taino Indians.  Haitian cultural life is a rich mix of these influences, and the Voudou religion has become an effective synthesis of Christianity and West African beliefs.

Fre O is an appeal to the Voudou spirits Dambala, the serpent, and Ayida, the rainbow..  Percussion parts are in the octavo, but the piece works equally well a cappella.