Dry Bones : Chimes Music Digital

Dry Bones

Publisher: Brixton Publications
Product Code: B1016
Composed by: Sarah Quartel
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This well-known African American spiritual (the foot bone’s connected to the leg bone, the leg bone’s connected to the…), arranged by Howard Buss, makes a memorable concert feature as well as a rousing musical offering in church. Multiple players may be used on each part to expand the ensemble. This arrangement is hugely influenced by jazz. The extended two-part introduction begins hymn-like and then breaks out in a jubilant jazzy section. This is followed by a more traditional rendering of the spiritual however, as the music reaches its climax, the jazz “licks” from the introduction are brought back as counterpoint against the main melody of the spiritual. The result is exhilarating, and for a bit of humor, just as the work ends, there is a “tongue-in-cheek” plagal cadence.

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