Videos created from a century of recordings of (often) rare performances of Negro spirituals composed for concert presentation. Click on the triple lines in the upper left corner of the video to see and select from the complete list of available videos. A complete list of the videos is also below.

 

The video tracks and TSD track information:

Song/Video Link Composer Vocalist Spirituals Database Link
City Called Heaven Hall Johnson Marian Anderson, contralto Spirituals Database Entry
O Freedom Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson George Shirley, tenor Spirituals Database Entry
Oh, Glory Hall Johnson Robert McFerrin, baritone Spirituals Database Entry
There’s A Man Going Round Traditional Jessye Norman, soprano Spirituals Database Entry
Nobody Knows de Trouble I’ve Seen Harry T. Burleigh William Warfield, bass-baritone Spirituals Database Entry
I Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray Composer not identified Lawrence Winters, baritone Spirituals Database Entry
Give Me Jesus Hall Johnson Vinson Cole, tenor Spirituals Database Entry
Oh, What a Beautiful City Edward Boatner Vinson Cole, tenor Spirituals Database Entry
He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands Margaret Bonds Leontyne Price, soprano Spirituals Database Entry
City Called Heaven Hall Johnson Martina Arroyo, soprano Spirituals Database Entry
Witness Hall Johnson Todd Duncan, baritone Spirituals Database Entry
Goin’ Shout All Over God’s Heaven Composer not identified Jules Bledsoe, baritone Spirituals Database Entry
Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray Composer not identified Evelyn Dove, soprano Spirituals Database Entry
He Never Said a Mumberlin’ Word Roland Hayes Charles Holland, tenor Spirituals Database Entry
Steal Away McHenry Boatwright McHenry Boatwright, bass-baritone Spirituals Database Entry*
Let Us Break Bread Together William Lawrence Robert McFerrin, baritone Spirituals Database Entry
Medley: Roll de old Chariot — Mary Had a Baby, Yes Lord — Swing Low, Sweet Chariot — Heav’n, Heav’n (I Got a Robe) Composer not identified Paul Robeson, bass-baritone Spirituals Database Entry
Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child Damien Sneed Lawrence Brownlee, tenor Spirituals Database Entry
Here’s One William Grant Still Florence Quivar, mezzo-soprano Spirituals Database Entry
Go Down Moses Robert Owens Oral Moses, bass-baritone Spirituals Database Entry
Lit’l Boy (from The Life of Christ) Roland Hayes Roland Hayes, tenor Spirituals Database Entry
Deep River Harry T. Burleigh Robert McFerrin, baritone Spirituals Database Entry
God Is a God Wendell Whalum Kenneth Overton, baritone Spirituals Database Entry
On My Journey Now Edward Boatner Ruby Elzy, soprano Spirituals Database Entry
Were You There Composer not identified Betty Allen, mezzo-soprano Spirituals Database Entry
By an’ By Harry T. Burleigh Roland Hayes, tenor Spirituals Database Entry
Great Day Thomas Kerr, Jr. Jessye Norman, soprano Spirituals Database Entry
Prepare Me One Body ; Three Wise Men to Jerusalem Came (Sister Mary Had-a but One Child) ; Lit’l Boy ; Live-a-Humble ; He Raised Poor Lazarus ; You Hear the Lambs a-Cryin’ ; Plenty Good Room (from The Life of Christ) Roland Hayes Roland Hayes, tenor Spirituals Database Entry
Let Us Break Bread Together McHenry Boatwright McHenry Boatwright, bass-baritone Spirituals Database Entry
Roll, Jerd’n, Roll Hall Johnson Todd Duncan, baritone Spirituals Database Entry
Calvary Medley Shelton E. Kilby, III Barbara Conrad, mezzo-soprano Spirituals Database Entry
My Lord, what a mornin’ Harry T. Burleigh Roberta Alexander, soprano Spirituals Database Entry
Sweet little Jesus Boy Robert MacGimsey Jessye Norman, soprano Spirituals Database Entry
Round about de mountain Roland Hayes Inez Matthews, mezzo-soprano Spirituals Database Entry
Guide My Feet Jacqueline Hairston Louise Toppin, soprano Spirituals Database Entry
This Little Light o’ Mine John Wesley Work III Kevin Maynor, bass Spirituals Database Entry
Glory, Glory, Hallelujah Lena McLin Mark Rucker, baritone Spirituals Database Entry
One of You Shall Betray Me ; Who Betrayed My Lord? ; They Led My Lord Away ; He Never Said a Mumberlin’ Word ; Did You Hear When Jesus Rose? ; Were You There? (from: The Life of Christ) Roland Hayes Roland Hayes, tenor Spirituals Database Entry
Is There Anybody Here Undine Smith Moore Pamela Dillard, mezzo-soprano Spirituals Database Entry
Gospel Blues (from Lyric Suite) Robert L. Morris Calesta “Callie” Day, soprano Spirituals Database Entry
Oh, Glory Evelyn Simpson-Curenton Kathleen Battle, soprano Spirituals Database Entry
I Want to Die Easy Hale Smith Donnie Ray Albert, baritone Spirituals Database Entry
Crucifixion William Arms Fisher Roland Hayes, tenor Spirituals Database Entry
Standin’ in de Need o’ Prayer John C. Payne John C. Payne, baritone Spirituals Database Entry
Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray Harry T. Burleigh Martina Arroyo, soprano Spirituals Database Entry
I’m a Poor Little Orphan in This World! [Julia Perry] Shirley Verrett, mezzo-soprano Spirituals Database Entry
Po’ Mourner’s Got a Home at Las’ (from A Cycle of Six Negro Spirituals for Bass (Baritone) and Piano) Robert Owens Oral Moses, bass-baritone Spirituals Database Entry
Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit Shawn Okepebholo Will Liverman, baritone Spirituals Database Entry
He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands Hamilton Forrest Martina Arroyo, soprano Spirituals Database Entry
City Called Heaven Edward Boatner Mattiwilda Dobbs, soprano Spirituals Database Entry
Go Down Moses Florence Price Richard Heard, tenor Spirituals Database Entry
Sweet Little Jesus Boy Robert MacGimsey Carol Brice, contralto Spirituals Database Entry
This Little Light of Mine/Deep River (from Symphonic Spirituals) Hale Smith/Frederick Tillis William Brown, tenor Spirituals Database Entry
City Called Heaven Composer not identified Kenneth Spencer, bass-baritone Spirituals Database Entry
All God’s Chillin Got Wings John Rosamond Johnson Todd Duncan, baritone Spirituals Database Entry
Go Down Moses Harry T. Burleigh Harry T. Burleigh, baritone Spirituals Database Entry
Toccata (Ride On King Jesus) (from Cantata) John D. Carter Ray Wade, Jr., tenor Spirituals Database Entry
Goin’ to Ride up in de Chariot [Lawrence Brown] Kenneth Spencer, bass-baritone Spirituals Database Entry
Hear de Lambs a-Cryin’ (from The Life of Christ) Roland Hayes Charles Holland, tenor Spirituals Database Entry
Were You There Harry T. Burleigh Sherrill Milnes, baritone Spirituals Database Entry
There’s a Man Goin’ Roun’ Takin’ Names-Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho Composer not identified Kenneth Spencer, baritone Spirituals Database Entry
Hear de Lam’s a-Cryin’ Lawrence Brown Kenneth Spencer, baritone Spirituals Database Entry
Swing Low Sweet Chariot ; Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen ; Ezekiel Saw a Wheel Traditional Bayard Rustin, tenor Spirituals Database Entry
Let Us Break Bread Together Composer not identified Adele Addison, soprano Spirituals Database Entry
There Is a Balm in Gilead Traditional Bayard Rustin, tenor Spirituals Database Entry
Hold on Hall Johnson Anne Wiggins Brown, soprano Spirituals Database Entry
Steal Away Traditional Adele Addison, soprano Spirituals Database Entry
Deep River Harry T. Burleigh Carroll Clark, baritone Spirituals Database Entry
I’m So Glad Trouble Don’t Last Alway R. Nathaniel Dett Carroll Clark, baritone Spirituals Database Entry
Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child Harry T. Burleigh Anne Wiggins Brown, soprano Spirituals Database Entry
City Called Heaven Hall Johnson Anne Wiggins Brown, soprano Spirituals Database Entry
His Name So Sweet Hall Johnson Anne Wiggins Brown, soprano Spirituals Database Entry
Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child-Hold on! Composer not identified Hope Foye, soprano Spirituals Database Entry
Honor, Honor/Ride on, King Jesus [Hall Johnson] Hope Foye, soprano Spirituals Database Entry
Who’ll Be a Witness for My Lord J. Rosamond Johnson Kenneth Spencer, bass-baritone Spirituals Database Entry

 

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