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Gentle Words - Shaker Songs / Doug Fullington, Tudor Choir


Release Date: 06/05/2001 
Label:  Loft Recordings   Catalog #: 1041   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  AnonymousFather James WhittakerClarissa JacobsPaulina Bates,   ... 
Performer:  David StutzAnn GluskerLisa Cardwell PonténPenni Ferraris,   ... 
Conductor:  Doug Fullington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tudor Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This was a nice idea: take a selection of songs–28 in all–from the rich and vast repertoire of Shaker music, and, while preserving as much of their original character as possible, arrange them for choral ensemble. Preserving their original character meant keeping the tunes and texts intact while honoring the music’s traditional, defining performance format: voices singing in unison. Siegfried accomplishes this with either complete settings in unison (the first and fourth tracks, “I will bow & be simple”, “O Lord make me pure”), or interspersing sections of harmony with unison passages (the second, third, and fifth tracks, “In yonder valley”, “All is summer”, “Love is little”), all sung with great sensitivity and care by the 13 voices of Read more the Seattle-based The Tudor Choir.

And so goes the rest of the program, dotted with several completely harmonized songs, such as the gorgeous “Lay me low”, “Prayer for the captive”, “Gentle words”, and “Almighty Savior”; Siegfried has a real affinity for the stylistic and contextual uniqueness–the rhythms and language–of these songs, and he captures their essence with an artful touch guided by an obvious sincere respect for the quality of the music and its unique and important cultural significance. The sound is accordingly fine.

I have only one question for Mr. Siegfried: For someone who has spent so much time getting to know this music and exploring its origin and who appreciates the efforts of those who have devoted considerable time, effort, and resources to bringing this largely unknown repertoire to light and making it available to modern listeners, why did you not mention, in your acknowledgments, the pioneering work of Joel Cohen, whose extensive work in the mid-1990s at the library at Sabbathday Lake, Maine, resulted in the transcription and recording of many previously unheard Shaker songs?

His determined and meticulous dedication to this project preceded any of the individuals you cite, and his recording with The Boston Camerata and The Schola Cantorum of Boston, Simple Gifts–Shaker Chants and Spirituals (Erato), which even included among the singers real members of the Sabbathday Lake Shaker community, is a reference. Indeed, it contains several of the songs you arranged for this disc–and interestingly, even the cover of that CD has an uncanny resemblance to yours. That aside, choral directors everywhere will be looking for some of these arrangements, of which many are available in published editions. Not to mention that interested listeners will be moved, charmed, and satisfied. Strongly recommended.

-- David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com

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Works on This Recording

1.
I will bow and be simple by Anonymous
Conductor:  Doug Fullington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tudor Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1850; New York, USA 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Kirkland, Washington 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Kevin Siegfried. 
2.
In yonder valley by Father James Whittaker
Conductor:  Doug Fullington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tudor Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Kirkland, Washington 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Kevin Siegfried. 
3.
All is summer by Anonymous
Conductor:  Doug Fullington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tudor Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Kirkland, Washington 
Length: 1 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Kevin Siegfried. 
4.
O Lord make me pure by Anonymous
Conductor:  Doug Fullington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tudor Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Kirkland, Washington 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: English 
5.
Love is little by Anonymous
Performer:  David Stutz (Tenor)
Conductor:  Doug Fullington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tudor Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Kirkland, Washington 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Kevin Siegfried. 
6.
Circular march by Anonymous
Conductor:  Doug Fullington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tudor Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Kirkland, Washington 
Length: 0 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: English 
7.
Help me, O Lord by Anonymous
Conductor:  Doug Fullington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tudor Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1830; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Kirkland, Washington 
Length: 1 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Kevin Siegfried. 
8.
Heavenly display by Anonymous
Performer:  David Stutz (Tenor), Ann Glusker (Soprano)
Conductor:  Doug Fullington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tudor Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Kirkland, Washington 
Length: 1 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Kevin Siegfried. 
9.
Followers of the Lamb by Clarissa Jacobs
Performer:  Ann Glusker (Soprano), David Stutz (Tenor)
Conductor:  Doug Fullington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tudor Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1847; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Kirkland, Washington 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Kevin Siegfried. 
10.
Come to Zion by Paulina Bates
Conductor:  Doug Fullington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tudor Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Kirkland, Washington 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Kevin Siegfried. 
11.
We must be meek by Anonymous
Performer:  Lisa Cardwell Pontén (Soprano)
Conductor:  Doug Fullington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tudor Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1880; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Kirkland, Washington 
Length: 1 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: English 
12.
Lay me low by Addah Z. Potter
Conductor:  Doug Fullington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tudor Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Kirkland, Washington 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Kevin Siegfried. 
13.
Solemn Song by Traditional
Performer:  Penni Ferraris (Alto)
Conductor:  Doug Fullington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tudor Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Kirkland, Washington 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: English 
14.
Beautiful treasure by Anonymous
Performer:  Penni Ferraris (Alto)
Conductor:  Doug Fullington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tudor Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Kirkland, Washington 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: English 
15.
Peace by Anonymous
Conductor:  Doug Fullington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tudor Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Kirkland, Washington 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Kevin Siegfried. 
16.
Angels of Heaven by Ephraim Frost
Conductor:  Doug Fullington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tudor Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Kirkland, Washington 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Kevin Siegfried. 
17.
Hunger and Thirst by Anonymous
Performer:  Linda Sabee (Alto)
Conductor:  Doug Fullington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tudor Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Kirkland, Washington 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: English 
18.
Dismission of Great I by Anonymous
Conductor:  Doug Fullington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tudor Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Kirkland, Washington 
Length: 1 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Kevin Siegfried. 
19.
Revelation by Anonymous
Performer:  Penni Ferraris (Alto)
Conductor:  Doug Fullington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tudor Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Kirkland, Washington 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: English 
20.
Prayer for the captive by Cecelia Devyr
Performer:  David Stutz (Tenor)
Conductor:  Doug Fullington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tudor Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Kirkland, Washington 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Kevin Siegfried. 
21.
Gentle words by Polly M. Rupe
Performer:  Linda Sabee (Alto)
Conductor:  Doug Fullington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tudor Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1867; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Kirkland, Washington 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Kevin Siegfried. 
22.
Beautiful valley by John Whitbey
Conductor:  Doug Fullington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tudor Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Kirkland, Washington 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: English 
23.
Jubilee by Mildred Barker
Conductor:  Doug Fullington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tudor Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Kirkland, Washington 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Kevin Siegfried. 
24.
Ezekiel's vision by Anonymous
Conductor:  Doug Fullington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tudor Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Kirkland, Washington 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: English 
25.
Almighty Savior by Elder Issachar Bates
Conductor:  Doug Fullington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tudor Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Kirkland, Washington 
Length: 4 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Kevin Siegfried. 
26.
Cords of love by Anonymous
Conductor:  Doug Fullington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tudor Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Kirkland, Washington 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Kevin Siegfried. 
27.
I will go on my way by Anonymous
Conductor:  Doug Fullington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tudor Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Kirkland, Washington 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: English 
28.
The burning day by John [19th C.] Lockwood
Conductor:  Doug Fullington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tudor Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Kirkland, Washington 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Kevin Siegfried. 

Featured Sound Samples

The Burning Day (Lockwood)
Lay Me Low (Potter)
Peace (Anonymous)

Sound Samples

I Will Bow and Be Simple (arr. K. Siegfried)
In Yonder Valley (arr. K. Siegfried)
All Is Summer (arr. K. Siegfried)
O Lord Make Me Pure (arr. K. Siegfried)
Shaker Songs: II. Love Is Little
The Burning Day (arr. K. Siegfried)
Circular March (arr. K. Siegfried)
Help Me, O Lord (arr. K. Siegfried)
Shaker Songs: III. Heavenly Display
Followers of the Lamb (arr. K. Siegfried)
Come to Zion (arr. K. Siegfried)
We Must Be Meek (arr. K. Siegfried)
Shaker Songs: IV. Lay Me Low
Solemn Song (arr. K. Siegfried)
Beautiful Treasure (arr. K. Siegfried)
Shaker Songs: I. Peace
Angels of Heaven (arr. K. Siegfried)
Hunger and Thirst (arr. K. Siegfried)
Dismission of Great I (arr. K. Siegfried)
Revelation (arr. K. Siegfried)
Prayer for the Captive (arr. K. Siegfried)
Gentle Words (arr. K. Siegfried)
Beautiful Valley (arr. K. Siegfried)
Jubilee (arr. K. Siegfried)
Ezekiel's Vision (arr. K. Siegfried)
Almighty Savior (arr. K. Siegfried)
Cords of Love (arr. K. Siegfried)
I Will Go On My Way (arr. K. Siegfried)

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