Boosey & Hawkes

Three Shaker Songs

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Nils Vigeland
Three Shaker Songs draws its text from anonymous Shakers of the 19th century. The music reflects the very direct meddage of the texts: the joyous riddance of “Old ugly” (the Devil); a self-admonition not to be cross, sharp-tongued or willful; and an invitation to participate fully in life. The music does not use Shaker tunes, but is recognizably American in its rhythmic syncopations.

Contents: 1. Be Joyful • 2. The Shameful Three • 3. Wake Up.