Sheet Music: Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow

TitleRise Up, Shepherd, and Follow
Alternate titlesThere's a star in the East on Christmas morn
ComposerTraditional American
InstrumentationFlute quartet
KeyD major
RangeC♮4–D6
Time signature4/4
Tempo100 BPM
Performance time1:20
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2017-12-22
Last updated2017-12-22
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Categories
Christmas carols, Spirituals, Traditional/Folk

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Friday 22 December 2017

Tune of the Day: Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow

African-Americal spiritual, arranged for four flutes

This Christmas plantation song is said to have been first published in Slave Songs of the United States (1867), but it wasn't printed in musical form until 1909, when it appeared in a songbook titled Religious Folksongs of the Negro as Sung on the Plantations. This, as with other similar books, was a collection of Negro spirituals heard sung, then transcribed as a manuscript for publication. Since spirituals were passed on orally on the basis of memory, it is hard to tell their true age.

Many thanks to Francesco Spiga for contributing the present arrangement for four flutes!