Fw: [JPL] Marvelous Musical Mosaic @ The Inauguration

ANTNYBROWN at aol.com ANTNYBROWN at aol.com
Wed Jan 21 15:15:25 EST 2009

In a message dated 1/21/09 7:49:55 AM, lendobbin at sympatico.ca writes:

> Simple Gifts - a shaker song
The Shakers, a sect of the Quakers, originated the tune, Simple Gifts, which 
Copland incorporated into Appalachian Spring. John Williams arranged another 
version performed by the intercultural quartet for Obama's inauguration.

Here's the Wikipedia excerpt:

The most famous Shaker song is "Simple Gifts", which Aaron Copland used as a 
theme for variations in Appalachian Spring. The tune was composed by Elder 
Joseph Brackett and originated in the Shaker community at Alfred, Maine in 1848. 
Many contemporary Christian denominations incorporate this tune into hymnals, 
under various names, including "Lord of the Dance," adapted in 1963 by English 
poet and songwriter Sydney Carter.

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