Steve Milloy: Children, Go Where I Send Thee

Publisher | choral music,christmas (sacred),composers,men's,mixed | Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

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Steve Milloy is one of YRM’s most popular arrangers. It’s because he always brings a little something extra to everything he does… there’s typically some kind of twist that one may not expect. Children, Go Where I Send Thee is a perfect example of his exceptional talents as an arranger. A traditional African-American spiritual, this piece gives a count-down not unlike The Twelve Days of Christmas, where each number has a specific Biblical reference. It’s a piece meant for Christmas because the “one” is the “little bitty baby born in Bethlehem.”

Steve’s extremely clever arrangement was inspired by 40’s big band sounds, most notably Woody Herman’s Four Brothers in which a quartet is featured in front of the band. So, if you’ve think you’ve heard pretty much all the stylistic settings of African-American spirituals possible… you better hold on until you’ve heard this arrangement! It begins with a bang with a fast big band swing, and the energy is non-stop until the very end.

Children, Go Where I Send Thee is available for two voicings, one for TTBB quartet, men’s chorus and piano, and one for SATB quartet, mixed chorus and piano (click on the links to view the first six pages of score as a PDF).

And if you’re hungry for more, please check out Steve’s other unique settings of African-American spirituals, Mary Had a Baby and Behold that Star!

Children, Go Where I Send Thee (as recorded by the London Gay Men’s Chorus)

[audio:http://yrmusic.com/audio/milloy.steve/children.go.where.mp3]

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