This performance of Gloryland is the diary of our ongoing journey to the roots of Anglo-American vocal music. We'll sing folk songs, eighteenth-century fuguing tunes from New England, nineteenth-century folk hymns and camp revival songs from the rural South, gospel songs originating in Northeastern cities and adopted in the late nineteenth century by rural Southerners and a few more recently-composed (and recently-arranged, by Anonymous 4) tunes as well. Each of these musical styles has played its own part in a wonderful intertwining of oral and written traditions, in which favorite tunes have survived and flourished for many generations. Some of the best-known songs on our program: a haunting 4-part version of "Poor Wayfaring Stranger," Robert Lowry's original setting of "Shall We Gather at the River," the lyric folk song "You Fair and Pretty Ladies" and Anonymous 4's arrangement of "Angel Band."
Presented by the Madison Early Music Festival. See www.madisonearlymusic.org for full schedule of 13th season, "Welcome Home Again: An American Celebration."