Title

Three Fantasies on African American Songs for String Quartet - I Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (Recording)

Authors

Gary Smart

Document Type

Recording

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Publication Date

2019

Abstract

The first movement is based on the spiritual “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” composed in the 1860s by Wallis Willis, a Choctaw freedman, and made famous shortly thereafter by the Fisk Jubilee Singers. I alternate between tonal statements of the theme and more abstract restatements. In the middle of the movement, the tempo quickens and a freely brilliant, albeit hushed toccata brings the movement to a close.

Comments

Score for Three Fantasies on African American Songs for string quartet is available here: https://digitalcommons.unf.edu/amus_facpub/44/

Recording of Three Fantasies on African American Songs for string quartet - II Black Woman is available here: https://digitalcommons.unf.edu/amus_facpub/42/

Recording of Three Fantasies on African American Songs for string quartet - III Shortening Bread is available here: https://digitalcommons.unf.edu/amus_facpub/41/

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