Here is an innovative arrangement of a tried and true folk melody that is over two centuries old. The original song “I Am A Poor Wayfaring Stranger” written in the late 1700’s, was popular in the Appalachian region of America and known as the original White Spiritual. This version is written in 5/4 and is performed in a gentle swing tempo to give it an uplifting feel of freedom and optimism.
Type of ensemble: This is a SAB arrangement of a historically important spiritual piece written many years ago. The melodic line is shared by all three voices at some point throughout the piece. This could be performed SA if you do not have boys to cover the baritone part. It would not affect the harmonic movement with just girls voices.
Story line: The lyric line is all about our own journey through this life on earth and looking forward to what lies ahead. It is a sad, forlorn type of piece meant to evoke personal introspective feelings.
Program placement: This piece is quite unique and could easily stand alone on a program. The 5/4 time catches listeners off-guard and will foster a great deal of interest.
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