Matt Wetmore

Composer, Conductor, Sound Designer

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Shall We Gather At the River (digital copy)


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The Four River Songs are four settings of well-known spirituals that as a set imitate symphonic form.  No. 4, Shall We Gather At The River, is the conclusion to the set, and as with the rest of the set, aleatoric gestures with pitch, rhythm, and syllables combine to create water-like effects.  Uniquely amongst the four songs, however, the alto solo opens and concludes the setting, before a grand finale on the final refrain, and a subdued retreat into the distance.

premiered by University of Louisville Cardinal Singers, Feb 2018 under the direction of Kent Hatteberg

Difficulty: Advanced (3/5)

Duration: 4'00''


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