Go Tell It On The Mountains

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Moerane set this old African American spiritual as a joyful and spirited Christmas song for SATB soloists and SATB choir. The tune, ‘Go Tell It On The Mountains’ was one of almost 300 spirituals collected by Harry T. Burleigh, many of them remembered by his grandfather, a former slave. Burleigh arranged 'Go Tell It' for solo voice and piano accompaniment in Negro Spirituals, published by Ricordi in 1917, and this may be the source that Moerane used. Dvořák, who worked closely with Burleigh when he was in America, used ‘Go Tell It’ in the 1st movement of his Cello Concerto Op. 104.