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Transformations

by Alice Parker

The melodies in this collection, both sacred and secular, exist as traditional songs handed down from singer to singer for many generations, and kept alive because of their rightness, their capturing of human emotion in notes and rhythms.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. House of Our God
The Musicians of Melodious Accord Conducted By Alice Parker
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2. Lord, I Approach Thy Mercy Seat
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3. Come, Ye Disconsolate
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4. Be Joyful in God
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5. The Voice of My Beloved Sounds
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6. Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
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7. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
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8. Come O Thou Traveller Unknown
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9. O How Happy Are They
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10. That Glorious Day Is Drawing Nigh
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11. How Sweet to Reflect
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12. How Pleasant Thus to Dwell Below
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13. God Moves in a Mysterious Way
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14. Peter Gray
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15. Fare Thee Well
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16. Ridin" in a Buggy
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17. Soldier, Soldier, Won't You Marry Me
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18. You Fair and Pretty Ladies
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19. Buffalo Gals
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20. By'm Bye
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21. Goin' to Boston
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22. Jennie Jenkins
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23. Kitty Alone
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24. Turkey in the Straw
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
An important part of the folk tradition is the presence of variant forms of the same tune or text, even within the single-line melody.

Sacred and secular folk songs occupy the same musical territory: the music without the words can't tell if it belongs to the church or the parlor. The 'concert' on this recording celebrates both strains as found in the Shendandoah Valley of Virginia in the early-to-mid-nineteenth century. The hymns in the cantata are as varied as the folk songs in the following suites, and were sung by the same people in their daily lives.

The moment that a folksong is to be sung by more than one voice, or to be played on more than one instrument, the tendency to variation is greatly extended. Someone - the singers, players or arranger - has to decide who will do what, and bring to the tune the benefit of another point of view, based on experience, ability and imagination. They may become a popular song, a symphonic movement or an instrumental solo, each reflecting the bent, or need of the particular re-creator.

I have spent years studying, composing and conducting choral music, and an equal amount of time collecting, listening to and singing folk melodies. The particular 'transformations' in this collection are the result of the combination of all these activities. As with many of my distinguished predecessors (Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Britten, et al.), I recognize the incredible value of folksongs both as music and social history, and wish to bring them alive to a new audience. The aim is simple: to preserve the unique quality of each tune while challenging the performer and delighting the listening ear. --- Alice Parker


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