Witness

Catalogue no:

979-0-804007-81-7

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Witness is one of the most harmonically pure and uncomplicated of Moerane's eight arrangements of spirituals, a beautiful evocation, gospel-like in its intensity. It is in call-and-response form, like his arrangement of It’s Me, O Lord: the Soprano leads and the chorus mostly hums or echoes the words, ‘for my Lord’. Exactly which written or recorded source Moerane used for ‘Witness’ we do not know, but he may have encountered it in one of the many songbooks of American folk tunes and spirituals that were printed around the turn of the 20th century, and he possibly made the setting in the late 1930s.