Sweet Chariot for wind ensemble

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Sweet Chariot for wind ensemble

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Swing Low, Sweet Chariot is perhaps one of the most well known African American spirituals. As beautiful and rapturing as its melody is, it should be. However, its beauty and popularity its often overlooked by the song’s true meaning about death. I have taken fragments of the melody and combined it with the gregorian chant from the Latin mass for the dead, In Paradisum. Its text is as follows: "May the angels lead you into paradise; may the martyrs receive you at your arrival and lead you to the holy city Jerusalem. May choirs of angels receive you and with Lazarus, once (a) poor (man), may you have eternal rest.”

Instrumentation

Piccolo
2 Flutes
2 Oboes
2 Clarinets in B-flat Bass Clarinet in B-flat 2 Bassoons

2 Alto Saxophones Tenor Saxophone Baritone Saxophone

4 Horns in F
4 Trumpets in B-flat (Harmon mute)
2 Trombones (Bucket mute or straight mute) Bass Trombone (Bucket mute or straight mute)

Euphonium (mute)

Tuba (mute optional)

Timpani
Percussion (4 players)

Piano (optional)

Contrabass (optional)

Duration: 6 minutes

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