It’s Me, O Lord

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The tune, ‘It’s Me, O Lord’ originated as a slave song, as did so many other American spirituals. It was orally transmitted until the late 19th century, when, among others, Harry T. Burleigh (1866-1949) arranged it. He arranged some 200-300 songs for voice and piano, many of which he had learned from his grandfather. Moerane may have used one of Burleigh's songbooks as the source for his setting of It’s Me, O Lord, which is in call-and-response style led by the Soprano, with increasing harmonic and contrapuntal elaborations as the song progresses.