Augsburg Fortress

In the Storm So Long

In the Storm So Long

The relatively unknown African American spiritual "I Been in the Storm So Long" is one of the great gems of that repertory. The powerful yet simple tune is combined with words of hope that uplift.
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  • Publisher Augsburg Fortress
  • Format Sheet Music
  • ISBN 9781451492514
  • Brand GladSong
  • Dimensions 7 x 10.25
  • Pages 12
  • Season/Occasion General
  • Voicing Piano; SATB/4-part mixed
  • Difficulty Easy
  • Publication Date October 15, 2014

Composer Commentary

I first heard this spiritual sung by Marian Anderson on a recording played on WQXR in New York City several years ago. It was a spiritual with which I was not familiar but Anderson’s delivery was so heartfelt and compelling that I knew I wanted to make it better known. The verse is in the traditional call and response of African American spirituals with a very powerful chorus. The arrangement is in a simple arch form with a powerful and passionate middle section. It is one of my favorite spirituals and I am quite proud of the arrangement. I hope that conductors, choirs, and congregations will find it inspiring and moving, and I urge performers to track down the Marian Anderson recording for a great example of her art and her expertise in this repertory.