Angels Hovering Round

SATB chorus
Duration: 3.5 Minutes
Text: Traditional text
Year: 2014

Commissioned by: The Capitol Hill Chorale
Premiered by: The Capitol Hill Chorale, Washington, DC, Frederick Binkholder, director, March 22, 2014
Publisher: G. Schirmer "Dale Warland Choral Series" #50601114

J.W. Pepper
Hal Leonard


”Angels Hovering Round” is a setting of a rarely heard American folk spiritual, adapted and re-imagined for eight-part a cappella choir. The original tune can be found in The Revivalist, a collection of songs and hymns compiled by Joseph Hillman in 1868. Two small ensembles of soprano soloists introduce the first verse over a simple, undulating choral texture. The full choir then assumes the second and third verses in a more robust and homophonic style, culminating in a buoyant section in which gentle, enveloping sonorities bring the mesmerizing repetition of the text to the fore. The piece closes with an echo of the opening choral texture. For soprano soli section, two ensembles of 3 to 4 soprano soloists are recommended for performance by large choirs; chamber choirs may find single soloists effective.