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.
Begin searching The Spirituals Database from the simple keyword search box or the advanced search link below:
(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.)
Information about advanced search features is available on the How to Search page.
A Major Change in The Spirituals Database
The Spirituals Database was developed five years ago in order to share research on recordings of concert spirituals for solo vocalists. Even then, however, the eventual goal was to see the results of that research become a printed resource.
Recently, a publisher accepted the proposal to publish the book. One proviso, however, was that much of the free content offered on The Spirituals Database could no longer be available for public access. With the signing of the book contract, the agreed upon changes to accessible track content were enacted.
While quite a bit of individual track content is no longer available, information such as images and links to video and audio content will continue to display along with the limited content. Also, this doesn’t affect Divaslair videos, slide presentations, or essays posted on The Spirituals Database.
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.