Category:   CHILDREN & YOUTH
Composer:   Rollo Dilworth
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Hal Leonard
Edition:   08552358
Voicing:   SA
Setting:   Accompanied

Reviewer:   

Ann L. Schrooten
Community Choirs; Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs
R&R Chair Children & Youth

This imaginative arrangement by Rollo Dilworth was commissioned for Sylvia Munsen and the Ames Children’s Choirs for their 2011 Midwest Children’s Choir Festival. Rollo’s work here demonstrates just how well he understands the children for whom he composes. This piece would most likely have been one of those spirituals that served as a reminder to the slaves to listen for messages of hope around them as they worked in the fields.

The piece begins with the children singing the word “hush” with a dramatic but effective separation before the “sh” sound is articulated. The vocal parts are fun to sing, infused with blues notes throughout, and complimented with a slow, gospel feel in the piano accompaniment. The closing measures are very slow, dividing into 4-part harmony on the word “hush,” with the final “sh” lingering and fading away – a stunningly effective close, requiring much finesse from both director and singers!