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Article "Done Paid My Vow to the Lord" by R. Nathaniel Dett

Image: [Boy, his head bowed], 1905. F. Holland Day, 1864-1933
[Boy, his head bowed], 1905. F. Holland Day, 1864-1933. Platinum print. The Louise Imogen Guiney Collection. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. Transfer; Manuscript Division; 1934 (DLC/PP-1934:33). Anonymous gift to the Library of Congress, 1934. Reproduction number: LC-USZC4-8155

Dett arranged Done Paid My Vow to the Lord for baritone or contralto solo, women voices, and piano in 1919. It was published that year by the John Church Company. The tune did not appear in his collection Religious Folk-Song of the Negro as Sung at the Hampton Institute (1927). Rather, the spiritual came from the collection of George Lake Imes, secretary of the Tuskegee Institute. Imes worked closely at the Institute with Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver. Dett notes in the subheading of his arrangement that this spiritual was much loved by Booker T. Washington.

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  • "Done Paid My Vow to the Lord" by R. Nathaniel Dett


  • -  Dett, R. Nathaniel -- 1882-1943 -- -- composer
  • -  Choral music
  • -  Worship and Praise
  • -  Songs and Music
  • -  Parlor and Concert Stage
  • -  Traditional and Ethnic Songs and Music
  • -  Progressive Era to New Era (1900-1929)
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