• Craig Hella Johnson
  • Hard Trials

  • G Schirmer Inc (World)
  • SATB
  • 6 min

Programme Note

This lesser-known spiritual speaks nobly and poignantly of the lifelong heartache and desperation experienced by enslaved Africans in America. In this setting that features a soprano solo, the words of the third verse are those of a nineteenth-century woman whose entire life was spent in slavery. The meditative quality of the music creates a pensive atmosphere that is spellbinding.

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