Collection Items

  • Notated Music
    Two Negro spirituals
    Negro spirituals | 2 Negro spirituals
    vocal score | 1 score (8 p.) ; 27 cm. | arr. by H.T. Burleigh. (Statement Of Responsibility). For chorus (SATBB, 1st work), (SATTBB, 2nd work) ; piano acc. included for rehearsal only. acquire 2 shelf copies [policy default] (Selection Decision). Vocal Score (Form). Print (Form).
    • Contributor: G. Schirmer - Burleigh, H. T. (Harry Thacker)
    • Date: 1913

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  • Article
    African American Spirituals Freedom songs based on spirituals have also helped to define struggles for democracy in many other countries around the world including Russia, Eastern Europe, China and South Africa. Some of today's well-known pop artists continue to draw on the spirituals tradition in the creation of new protest songs. Examples include Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" and Billy Bragg's "Sing their souls back home."
  • Audio Recording
    A Spiritual Brother Song
    • Contributor: Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Morris, Alton Chester - Alvanos, Nick, Mrs
    • Date: 1939-08-26
  • Audio Recording
    A Spiritual Brother Song Explanation
    • Contributor: Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Morris, Alton Chester - Alvanos, Nick, Mrs
    • Date: 1939-08-26
  • Notated Music
    Bandana sketches: four Negro spirituals Instrumental parts | 74 p., 12 1/4 x 9 in. | Chant (Nobody knows de trouble I've seen)--Lament (I'm troubled in mind)--Slave song (Many thousand gone)--Negro dance (Sometimes I feel like a motherless child). (Content). Copyright MCMXXII by Carl Fischer, New York (Copyright). Printed in United States Military Band Journal No. 277 Instrumental Parts (Form).
    • Contributor: Carl Fischer - White, Clarence Cameron - Lake, M.L.
    • Date: 1922

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  • Notated Music
    Weepin' Mary chorus women's voices : Negro spiritual vocal score | 1 score (5 p.) ; 27 cm. | harmonization by H.T. Burleigh ; arranged by N. Clifford Page. (Statement Of Responsibility). For chorus (SSA) with piano. Caption title. acquire 2 shelf copies [policy default] (Selection Decision). Vocal Score (Form). Print (Form).
    • Contributor: G. Ricordi - Burleigh, H. T. (Harry Thacker) - Page, N. Clifford (Nathaniel Clifford) - Burleigh, H. T.
    • Date: 1917

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  • Audio Recording
    Good news
    Old Negro spiritual (Title descriptor)
    Religious. sound recording | 1 10" disc recording. | Duration: 02:27 | Vocal (Category). Male vocal double quartet, unaccompanied (Description). Dixon/Godrich/Rye notes the 8/31/1914 session as taking place in New York City. Victor ledgers do not list a specific location. Digitized at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation. This recording is protected by state copyright laws in the United States. ...
    • Contributor: Victor - Tuskegee Institute Singers - Leroy Brown - Charles Edward Clayton - Alvin J. Neely - William J. Williams - William P. Smith - Alfred Taylor - William Wiley
    • Date: 1914-08-31
  • Audio Recording
    Deep river
    Negro spiritual (Title descriptor)
    Religious, Classical Music. sound recording | 1 10" disc recording. | Duration: 03:04 | Vocal (Category). Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra (Description). This recording is protected by state copyright laws in the United States. The Library of Congress has obtained a license from rights holders to offer it as streamed audio only. Downloading is not permitted. The authorization of rights holders of the recording ...
    • Contributor: Victor - Marian Anderson - Rosario Bourdon - H. T. Burleigh
    • Date: 1923-12-10
  • Audio Recording
    My way's cloudy
    Negro spiritual (Title descriptor)
    Religious, Classical Music. sound recording | 1 10" disc recording. | Duration: 02:50 | Vocal (Category). Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra (Description). This recording is protected by state copyright laws in the United States. The Library of Congress has obtained a license from rights holders to offer it as streamed audio only. Downloading is not permitted. The authorization of rights holders of the recording ...
    • Contributor: Victor - Marian Anderson - Rosario Bourdon - H. T. Burleigh
    • Date: 1923-12-10
  • Audio Recording
    Steal away
    Old Negro spiritual (Title descriptor)
    Religious. sound recording | 1 10" disc recording. | Duration: 03:23 | Vocal (Category). Male vocal double quartet, unaccompanied (Description). Dixon/Godrich/Rye notes the 8/31/1914 and 9/20/1915 sessions as taking place in New York City. Victor ledgers do not list a specific location. For takes 4-5, the singers are listed as a quintet in Victor ledgers. Disc label shows double quartet. Digitized at the Library ...
    • Contributor: Victor - Tuskegee Institute Singers - Leroy Brown - Charles Edward Clayton - Alvin J. Neely - William J. Williams - William P. Smith - Alfred Taylor - William Wiley
    • Date: 1916-02-14
  • Notated Music
    Swing low, sweet chariot chorus for mixed voices : Negro spiritual vocal score | 1 score (7 p.) ; 27 cm. | harmonization by H.T. Burleigh ; arranged by N. Clifford Page. (Statement Of Responsibility). For chorus (SATB) with piano. Caption title. LC copy damaged. acquire 2 shelf copies [policy default] (Selection Decision). Vocal Score (Form). Print (Form).
    • Contributor: G. Ricordi - Burleigh, H. T. (Harry Thacker) - Page, N. Clifford (Nathaniel Clifford) - Burleigh, H. T.
    • Date: 1920

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  • Notated Music
    Sometimes I feel like a motherless child Negro spiritual vocal score | 1 score (5 p.) ; 27 cm. | arr. for women's voices by H.T. Burleigh. (Statement Of Responsibility). For chorus (SSA) with piano. Caption title. acquire 2 shelf copies [policy default] (Selection Decision). Vocal Score (Form). Print (Form).
    • Contributor: G. Ricordi - Burleigh, H. T. (Harry Thacker) - Burleigh, H. T.
    • Date: 1919

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  • Audio Recording
    Go down Moses
    Old Negro spiritual (Title descriptor)
    Religious. sound recording | 1 10" disc recording. | Duration: 03:30 | Vocal (Category). Male vocal double quartet, unaccompanied (Description). Dixon/Godrich/Rye notes the 8/31/1914 and 9/20/1915 sessions as taking place in New York City. Victor ledgers do not list a specific location. Digitized at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation. This recording is protected by state copyright laws in the ...
    • Contributor: Victor - Tuskegee Institute Singers - Leroy Brown - Charles Edward Clayton - Alvin J. Neely - William J. Williams - William P. Smith - Alfred Taylor - William Wiley
    • Date: 1914-08-31
  • Audio Recording
    Live a-humble
    Old Negro spiritual (Title descriptor)
    Religious. sound recording | 1 10" disc recording. | Duration: 03:53 | Vocal (Category). Male vocal double quartet, unaccompanied (Description). Dixon/Godrich/Rye notes the 8/31/1914 session as taking place in New York City. Victor ledgers do not list a specific location. Digitized at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation. This recording is protected by state copyright laws in the United States. ...
    • Contributor: Victor - Tuskegee Institute Singers - Leroy Brown - Charles Edward Clayton - Alvin J. Neely - William J. Williams - William P. Smith - Alfred Taylor - William Wiley
    • Date: 1914-08-31
  • Audio Recording
    Heav'n, Heav'n
    Negro spiritual (Title descriptor)
    Religious, Ethnic Music. sound recording | 1 10" disc recording. | Duration: 02:42 | Vocal (Category). Contralto vocal solo, with harp and orchestra (Description). This recording is protected by state copyright laws in the United States. The Library of Congress has obtained a license from rights holders to offer it as streamed audio only. Downloading is not permitted. The authorization of rights holders of ...
    • Contributor: Victor - Marian Anderson - Charles Adams Prince - Francis J. Lapitino - H. T. Burleigh
    • Date: 1924-05-20
  • Audio Recording
    My Lord, what a mornin'
    Negro spiritual (Title descriptor)
    Religious, Ethnic Music. sound recording | 1 10" disc recording. | Duration: 03:03 | Vocal (Category). Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra (Description). This recording is protected by state copyright laws in the United States. The Library of Congress has obtained a license from rights holders to offer it as streamed audio only. Downloading is not permitted. The authorization of rights holders of the recording ...
    • Contributor: Victor - Marian Anderson - Bruno Reibold - H. T. Burleigh
    • Date: 1924-12-23
  • Article
    Spirituals - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Digital Collections A spiritual is a type of religious folksong that is most closely associated with the enslavement of African people in the American South. The songs proliferated in the last few decades of the eighteenth century leading up to the abolishment of legalized slavery in the 1860s. The African American spiritual (also called the Negro Spiritual) constitutes one of the largest and most significant forms ...
  • Audio Recording
    Deep Down in My Heart sound recording | 1 cylinder | Robert Winslow Gordon Cylinder Collection. (Source). March 19, 1926. (Date). This song was published on the Library of Congress long playing record, "Folk-Songs of America: The Robert Winslow Gordon Collection," in 1978, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Archive of Folk Culture. (Source Note). Sound Recording (Form).
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Gordon, Robert Winslow - Givens, W. M.
    • Date: 1978
  • Audio Recording
    God moves on the water sound recording | 1 sound recording | Forms part of the John A. Lomax Southern States Collection, 1933-1937. (Source). Recorded in December 1933. (Date). Recorded at Darrington State Prison, Sandy Point, Texas. (Venue). Performed by Lightnin' Washington and a group of convicts. (General). Sound Recording (Form).
    • Contributor: Washington, Lightnin - Lomax, John A. (John Avery) - Lomax, Alan
  • Audio Recording
    Come by Here sound recording | 1 sound recording | Recorded in May 1936. (Date). Recorded in Raiford, Florida. (Venue). Forms part of the John A. Lomax Southern States Collection, 1933-1937. (Source). The chorus singing with Ethel Best is unidentified. (Content). Sound Recording (Form).
    • Contributor: Best, Ethel - Lomax, John A. (John Avery)
  • Audio Recording
    Rocky my soul sound recording | 1 sound recording | Forms part of the John and Ruby Lomax 1940 Southern States Recordings Collection. (Source). Recorded in October, 1940. (Date). Recorded in Sumterville, Alabama. (Venue). Sound Recording (Form).
    • Contributor: Brown, Rich - Lomax, John A. (John Avery) - Lomax, Ruby T. (Ruby Terrill)
  • Notated Music
    Balm in Gilead negro spiritual
    There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole
    vocal score | 1 score (5 p.) ; 27 cm. | arr. for women's voice by H.T. Burleigh. (Statement Of Responsibility). For chorus (SSAA) with piano (ad lib.). Cation title. acquire 2 shelf copies [policy default] (Selection Decision). Vocal Score (Form). Print (Form).
    • Contributor: G. Ricordi - Burleigh, H. T. (Harry Thacker) - Burleigh, H. T.
    • Date: 1919

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  • Audio Recording
    Go down Moses
    Negro spiritual (Title descriptor) | Let my people go (Alternate title)
    Religious, Ethnic Music. sound recording | 1 10" disc recording. | Duration: 02:45 | Vocal (Category). Contralto vocal solo, with harp and orchestra (Description). This recording is protected by state copyright laws in the United States. The Library of Congress has obtained a license from rights holders to offer it as streamed audio only. Downloading is not permitted. The authorization of rights holders of ...
    • Contributor: Victor - Marian Anderson - Charles Adams Prince - Francis J. Lapitino - H. T. Burleigh
    • Date: 1924-05-29
  • Audio Recording
    Nobody knows de trouble I've seen
    Negro spiritual (Title descriptor)
    Religious, Ethnic Music. sound recording | 1 10" disc recording. | Duration: 02:43 | Vocal (Category). Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra (Description). This recording is protected by state copyright laws in the United States. The Library of Congress has obtained a license from rights holders to offer it as streamed audio only. Downloading is not permitted. The authorization of rights holders of the recording ...
    • Contributor: Victor - Marian Anderson - Josef Pasternack - Charles Adams Prince - Bruno Reibold - Lawrence Brown
    • Date: 1924-12-30