American Negro Spirituals - Official Repertoire

Books Currently Available for Purchase

In His hand : seven spirituals for voice and piano
Bonds, Margaret, arr.
Theodore Presser Company, [2010]
Available from Sheet Music Plus

Tryin’ To Make Heaven My Home (8 songs)
Brown, Jr., Uzee,  arr.
Lorenz Corporation
Available from J.W. Pepper

O Redeemed!: A Set of African American Spirituals for Medium-High Voice and Piano (8 songs)
Brown, Jr., Uzee, arr.
Roger Dean Publishing, a division of Lorenz Corporation
Available in Medium High and Medium Low Keys from J.W. Pepper
Medium High only and song list at Sheet Music Plus

Spirituals: Five Negro Songs 
Brown, Lawrence, arr.
Schott & Co. (c) 1923
Medium Low (Bb3 to Eb5).             
Available from Classical Vocal Reprints

Album of Negro Spirituals Low Voice
Burleigh, Harry T., arr.
Alfred Music
Available at Sheet Music Plus

25 Spirituals Arranged by Harry T. Burleigh
Burleigh, Harry T., arr.
Hal Leonard
Available in High and low keys. CD of accompaniments included.

The spirituals of Harry T. Burleigh
Burleigh, Harry T., arr.
Belwin-Mills ©1984 assigned to Alfred Publishing
(Warner Bros. Publications, [199-?],)
Available in High and low keys

Sweetest Sound I Ever Heard - Spiritual Art Songs for High Voice and Piano 
Carter, Roland Marvin,  composer/arr.
Publisher: The Roland Carter Institute for Studies in American Music (RCISAM)
Sole Distributor: Classical Vocal Reprints
Not all songs in this collection are spirituals.

Carter, John (Daniels)
Available from Classical Vocal Reprints

Mary and Her Baby Chile
Hairston, Jacqueline B., arr.
A Medley of three Christmas Spirituals arranged for Kathleen Battle. Transposed for Mezzo-Soprano and Piano: Key F Major. Available from Classical Vocal Reprints

Songs and Spirituals by Jacqueline Hairston
Hairston, Jacqueline B., arr.
J. Hairs Productions
Available in multiple keys as PDFs from Classical Vocal Reprints

My Favorite Spirituals (republication of My Songs: Aframerican Religious Folk Songs
Hayes, Roland, arr.
Dover Edition 2001 (reprint of Little, Brown & Company 1948)
Includes an introduction to each song includes background history. Available from Classical Vocal Reprints

The Deep river collection
Hogan, Moses, arr.
Hal Leonard Co., c2000.
Available in High and low keys. 

30 Spirituals (for High Voice and Piano)
Johnson, Hall, arr.
G. Schirmer dist. Hal Leonard 2007
Available in High and low keys. Includes Johnson's original preface and notes on the pieces, a guide to modified English texts for the spirituals, and CD of accompaniments.

The Green pastures spirituals
Johnson, Hall, arr.
C. Fischer, c1930

The Hall Johnson collection : over 50 classic favorites for voice and piano
Johnson, Hall, arr.
Carl Fischer, c2003
This collection also contains art songs transpositions for a few selections

Thirty Negro spirituals
Johnson, Hall, arr.
G. Schirmer [1949]
Available in High, medium and low keys

The Books of the American Negro Spirituals
Johnson, J. R.  and Brown, Lawrence, arrangers
Viking Press
Limited availability on Amazon

Album of Negro Spirituals
Johnson, John Rosamond, arr.
Edward B. Marks Music Company

Songs for voice & piano : medium high voice
McLin, Lena, arr.
Kjos Publisher.
Available via Presto Music

Six Negro Spirituals for Bass
Owens, Robert, arr.
Available from Classical Vocal Reprints

The new Negro spiritual collection
Patterson, Willis C. , ed.
W.C. Patterson, 2002.
Available from Videmus 

44 art songs and spirituals
Price, Florence B., arr. Heard, Richard, ed.
ClarNan Editions, [2015]

Twelve Negro Spirituals 
Still, William Grant, arr.
Handy Bros. Music Co., 2008.

Art songs and spirituals by African-American women composers
Taylor, Vivian, editor.
Hildegard Publishing Company, 1995

White, Clarence, arr.
Presser- Carl Fisher
Available from Classical Vocal Reprints

God is god! : six Negro spirituals for voice and piano
Roland M Carter; Betty Jackson King; Wendell Whalum, arrs.
Hampton, Va. : Mar-Vel, [1983] ©1983
For High Voice and Piano
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Boatner, Edward Hammond
Bonds, Margaret
Brown Jr., Uzee
Brown, Lawrence, arr.
Burleigh, Harry T.
Carter, John (Daniels)
Carter, Roland M.
Hailstork, Adolphus
Hairston, Jacqueline B.
Harris, Robert A.
Hayes, Roland
Hicks, Lori C.
Hogan, Moses
Johnson, Hall
Johnson, John Rosamond
King, Betty Jackson
Lee III, James C.
McLin, Lena
Owens, Robert
Price, Florence B.
Simpson-Curenton, Evelyn
Still, William Grant
Swanson, Howard
White, Clarence
Work, III, John W.


Oh, What a Beautiful City! (high voice solo)
Boatner, Edward, arr.
G. Schirmer
Available in Joan Boytim's First Book of Soprano Solos

“Is There Anybody Who Loves My Jesus.”
Carter, Roland, arr.
Chattanooga, TN: Mar-Vel.

"On Ma Journey"
Boatner, Edward, arr.
Ricordi ( also Franco Colombo 1928)
Library Copy at Angelo State University/Eldon Black Sheet Music Collection

Out of Print or Out of Stock

Boatner, Edward Hammond
A Heritage of Spirituals
Galaxy Music Corporation

Boatner, Edward Hammond
The Story of the Spirituals: 30 Spirituals and Their Origins: Voice and Piano/Guitar. 
McAfee Music, 1973. Assigned to Alfred 1985.
Only Library copies available

Six Negro Folk Songs
Associated Music Publishers, Inc.

Brown, Lawrence
Negro Folk Songs
London: Schott, 1930.
5 songs as sung by Paul Robeson

Fisher, William Arms
Seventy Negro Spirituals; For Low Voice or High Voice
Oliver Ditson Company, Boston, 1926

Hayes, Roland
McClelland and Stewart Limited

Jessye, Eva. 
My Spirituals. 
New York: Robbins-Engel, 1927.