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Gregg Smith Singers
William Duckworth - Southern Harmony   

Song NameComposer
ConsolationWilliam Duckworth
Wondrous LoveWilliam Duckworth
Hebrew ChildrenWilliam Duckworth
Solemn ThoughtWilliam Duckworth
Rock of AgesWilliam Duckworth
CheerfulWilliam Duckworth
War DepartmentWilliam Duckworth
CondescensionWilliam Duckworth
Holy MannaWilliam Duckworth
BozrahWilliam Duckworth
The Mouldering VineWilliam Duckworth
MearWilliam Duckworth
LeanderWilliam Duckworth
SardinaWilliam Duckworth
WindhamWilliam Duckworth
DistressWilliam Duckworth
NashvilleWilliam Duckworth
Turtle DoveWilliam Duckworth
PrimroseWilliam Duckworth
Social BandWilliam Duckworth

Directed by Gregg Smith

The 17 men and women of the Gregg Smith Singers, directed by Gregg, perform a piece written by New York City composer Wm. Duckworth, who was affected by "shaped note" (helping the congregation learn the tune by making the notes square, round, triangular and diamond-shaped) singing in rural churches. "Southern" is based on an 1854 hymn collection of the same name, and it is a parody in the ancient sense, not humorous, but a rewriting, paraphrase and commentary on the material. There are 20 songs here, divided into four books: "Consolation," "Wondrous Love," "Hebrew Children," "Solemn Thought," "Rock of Ages," "Cheerful," "War Department," Condescension," "Holy Manna," "Bozrah," "The Mouldering Vine," "Mear," "Leander," "Sardina," "Windham," "Distress," "Nashville, "Turtle Dove," "Primrose" and "Social Band." An intriguing choral piece, with orchestral use of voices, that goes off into surprising, theatrical melodic directions.

Item code: 6783C | 1 CD | $15.98
Choral | Some a cappella | Mixed | United States

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