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David Ogden Were You There

Arranger
David Ogden
Categories
Anthems, RSCM Publications
Instrument(s)
Unaccompanied [a cappella]
Voicing
SATB+, SATB
Original Publication
Sunday by Sunday
Difficulty
Moderate
Suggested Uses(s)
Description

SATB a cappella (with separate SATB echo).

Notes: This arrangement of this popular spiritual introduces an echo choir in the manner of Britten’s ‘Hymn to the Virgin’. Position the echo choir at some distance from the main choir and ideally out of sight to the congregation e.g. at the back of the church or hall, in a balcony or side chapel. Verse 1 can be sung by the alto or bass from the Echo choir or from the main choir. Verse 3 is a duet for two soloists who can also be part of either choir. Make sure the dynamics are observed; the last tremble must be pianissimo. The piece should end quietly. In some versions of this spiritual, the last verse is: ‘Were you there when he rose to glorious life?’ Feel free to add this verse but end the piece loudly and strong.

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Oh!
Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?
Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?
Oh!
Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?

Were you there when they pierced him in the side?
Were you there when they pierced him in the side?
Oh!
Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they pierced him in the side?

Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
Oh!
Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?

Contact

Mark Schweizer
P.O. Box 249
Tryon, North Carolina 28782
Phone 828.859.0323
Toll Free 877.822.0304

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