This spiritual has been enjoyed by audiences for generations with its upbeat tempo and lively syncopations. This arrangement by James L. King III offers a lot of technique practice for developing concert pianists: pandiatonic chordal harmonies, octave melodies in both hands, and light staccato passages are among the pedagogical delights found in this solo. The exuberant feel of this piece is incredibly catchy: there will be no sleepy congregations on Sunday morning when this piece is played as the special music!
Key: G major
Mood: exuberant, upbeat, enthusiastic
Pedagogy: octave melodies, staccato touch, syncopations