The Canterbury Singers | Celestial Praises: A Celebration of Shaker Spirituals

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Celestial Praises: A Celebration of Shaker Spirituals

by The Canterbury Singers

Composer Roger Lee Hall, an authority on Shaker music, has selected beautiful Shaker songs and hymns and arranged them for The Canterbury Singers, a group of soloists, chorus and instrumentalists.
Genre: Spiritual: Inspirational
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Welcome, Welcome
1:52 $0.99
2. My Shaker Home
3:01 $0.99
3. Holy Habitation
2:09 $0.99
4. Shaker Marching Tune
0:46 $0.99
5. Variation One
1:06 $0.99
6. Variation Two
1:45 $0.99
7. Variation Three
2:43 $0.99
8. Variation Four
2:48 $0.99
9. Variation Five
1:58 $0.99
10. Variation Six
1:28 $0.99
11. Variation Seven
1:24 $0.99
12. A Prayer
2:32 $0.99
13. A New Year's Prayer
2:37 $0.99
14. Simple Gifts
0:55 $0.99
15. May I Softly Walk
1:57 $0.99
16. Celestial Praises
1:36 $0.99
17. We Will All Go Home With You
0:55 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Shakers are America's oldest communal sect. They began in the Manchester, England vicinity in the 18th century. Their spiritual leader, Mother Ann Lee, and a small group of her followers emigrated to America and landed in New York City on August 6, 1774. Their first settlement was at Niskayuna (later known as Watervliet) in 1776, and their first organized community was located at New Lebanon, New York in 1787, the same year the U.S. Constitution was written.

This CD is a result of many years collecting research and performing these beautiful folk spirituals from America's past. The Shakers composed over 10,000 tunes from the 18th to 20th centuries. The music on the CD covers several centuries and includes arrangements of Shaker tunes and several original compositions based on two prayer poems by a 20th century Shaker singer and poet. A highlight of the CD is the Theme and Seven Variations for piano based on a lively Shaker Marching Tune, performed by Kathryn Southworth, director of The Canterbury Singers, which I have composed as a musical journey through several centuries of compositional styles.



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