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

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(Please note: There is temporarily a problem with the basic search of titles. You may need to use Advanced searching to generate correct results. Apologies for any inconvenience until this is resolved.)

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A downloadable presentation version of the document, A Century of Negro Spirituals for Solo Voice, is now available:


Additionally, the site offers a number of historical, biographical and bibliographical resources related to this African American music style. There are also links to images, videos and artistic creations inspired by the Negro spiritual.

Hope you find The Spirituals Database to be a useful resource. Please contact me if you have recordings of concert Spirituals to recommend or have questions/suggestions.


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