Robert Lowry: How Can I Keep from Singing SSA

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Catalogue No: M051468591
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How Can I Keep from Singing SSA

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Arranger: Hugh, Robert

Series: Choral Music Experience

Department: Choral - Choral Upper Voices

Instrumentation: 3-part Treble Voices

Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes (New York)

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I first heard How Can I Keep From Singing in the early 1980s. Pete Seeger performed the song in a church in Hartford, Connecticut. By the time he began the last verse, the audience was singing with him. We were captivated by the performer, the music, and the text.

How Can I Keep From Singing was written by Rev. Robert Lowery, the composer of the well known gospel hymn, Shall We Gather at the River. The text was written in the 1850's by Anne Warner, and in the 1950's Doris Plenn added the third verse. The simple pentatonic melody is a perfect companion to the text. Arranged here for treble voices in three parts (SSA) a cappella.


"Of all the choral settings of this marvelous song, this is the best. As a learning tool, it contains solos, unison singing, counterpoint, partner songs, melody and harmony occurring in each voice at some in the piece, and interesting harmonies. As an aethetic piece, it always brings tears to audiences. The partner song is Amazing Grace. The song can stand alone without the partner piece.
This has become the "theme song" for the Women's Chamber Ensemble at my school. They sing it every year!
Susan Hace, The Harker School, San Jose, CA"

Rating: 25/05/2004 By: Susan Nace