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!