The Spirituals Database offers searchable access to recorded track information for over 4,600 Negro Spiritual settings performed by solo Classical vocalists. The resource contains a selection from a century of historic and contemporary recordings produced on compact discs, long-playing (33 1/3 rpm) albums, 78 rpm records, 45 rpm discs, audio cassettes and streamed digital files, as well as demonstration recordings from musical score collections of Spirituals.

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Resource Documents on Negro Spirituals for Solo Voice

A Century of Negro Spirituals for Solo Voice, a brief, three-part history of the Negro Spiritual art song is one of several documents about the history of the Spiritual, about research and musical score resources, and a list of recommended recordings now available. A sample video, a performance by composer H. T. Burleigh of one his compositions, is below.

“Go Down Moses”
Harry T. Burleigh, composer
Harry T. Burleigh, baritone
Lost Sounds: Blacks and the Birth of the Recording Industry, 1891-1922

Looking for recording tracks of the songs selected for the upcoming NATS Hall Johnson Spirituals Competition? Information about the competition and tracks listed in The Spirituals Database is available at


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