One of the most beautiful spirituals born out of slavery is Steal Away, a code song often sung by slaves to call secret meetings–known as hush harbor meetings–where they would steal away into the woods or swamps to sing and pray all night. This setting opens with the quiet serenity of four-part harmony in the men’s voices until the women gradually open the heavens and the serenity blooms into glory as “…the trumpet sounds within-a my soul.” The arrangement closes by returning to a serene place, quietly expressing the only peace and freedom the slave might know–that which would be found with Jesus in eternity. Steal Away is one of the spiritual arrangements sold separately as an octavo from the full-length work Let My People Go! A Spiritual Journey Along the Underground Railroad.
Also sold separately as octavos from Let My People Go!
In That Great Gettin’ Up Mornin’
Tags: 1-5 minutes, Memorial Service / Remembrance, Sacred: Concert Music, SATB with divisi, Spirituals / Folksongs, Unaccompanied
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