Way Over in Beulah Lan': Understanding and Performing the Negro Spiritual by André J. Thomas

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Renowned choral conductor and educator André J. Thomas crafted a book that the conductor of any choral ensemble—be it church, high school, university, or professional—will want close at hand when preparing to program any concert spiritual. Understanding the Spiritual, the first of the book's two sections, includes an exploration of the beginnings of the spiritual, its role in society, and its transition into art music. Issues of interpretation—text, diction, rhythm, and —are addressed in the second section, Performing the Spiritual.