AMEN (Spiritual)

Composer (refrain): B. H. Hogan

Rev. Broadus Henry Hogan Go to person page >

Composer (refrain): Laura B. Davis

Laura Belle Davis. Born 20 Oct. 1909 in Indianapolis, daughter of William Scott Davis and Clara Montague. Go to person page >

Composer (verse): Jester Hairston

(no biographical information available about Jester Hairston.) Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: AMEN (Spiritual)
Composer (refrain): B. H. Hogan
Composer (refrain): Laura B. Davis
Composer (verse): Jester Hairston
Meter: Irregular
Incipit: 16513 21354 35432
Key: F Major
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

The traditional call-and-response structure calls for a soloist on the text, with everyone singing the ostinato pattern of "Amens," either in unison or harmony. The soloist may apply rhythmic and melodic freedom to the lines. If possible, sing unaccompanied, or use piano, guitars, and/or string bass for accompaniment rather than organ. Everyone but the soloist should sing without a book in front of them!

The arrangement is by Richard Smallwood (b. Washington, D.C., 1948), a composer, arranger, pianist, and innovator in the African American gospel style. Many of his arrangements of gospel hymns appear in Lift Every Voice and Sing (1981). Organized by Smallwood in 1967, the Richard Smallwood Singers have sung and recorded many of his arrangements. He remains their current director. Smallwood has a B.M. degree from Howard University, Washington, DC.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1987

Arrangements

Piano and Organ Duet

  • More Keyboard Duets: For Organ and Piano
    Composer/Editor Fred Bock
    Published By: Hope Publishing Company (1974) pp. 29

Piano Solo

  • The Essential Collection for the Church Pianist II: 55 Timeless Classics
    Composer/Editors Jane Holstein; Jack Schrader
    Published By: Hope Publishing Company (2016) pp. 32
  • Great Things He Has Done: 10 Sacred Arrangements in a Variety of Styles
    Composer/Editor Victor Labenske
    Published By: Alfred Music Publishing Company, Inc. (2003) pp. 50
  • Just Hooked by Gospel: Keyboard Folio
    Composer/Editors Don Wyrtzen; Carol McMillen
    Published By: Singspiration Music, Inc. (1984) pp. 36
  • Spirituals at the Piano: Beloved Melodies Arranged by Peggy Tolson
    Composer/Editor Peggy Tolson
    Published By: Lillenas Publishing Company (1969) pp. 2

Organ Solo

  • The Pick-Up Organ Book
    Composer/Editors Geoffrey R. Lorenz; Gabriel Faur
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1983) pp. 51
  • The Organist Volume 79 Number 4 September 1975: A Bi-monthly Magazine for Church Organists
    Composer/Editors Roger C. Wilson; Gabriel Faur
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1975) pp. 13
  • The Organist Volume 75 Number 3 July 1971: A Bi-Monthly Publication for Church Organists
    Composer/Editors Roger C. Wilson; Robert Ramsey
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1971) pp. 59
  • The Organ Portfolio Volume 33 Number 3 February 1970: A Bi-Monthly Anthology for Church Organists
    Composer/Editors Lani Smith; Johannes Brahms
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1970) pp. 11

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