Tuesday, November 3, 2015


“I'm beginning to understand myself. But it would have been great to be able to understand myself when I 
  was 20 rather than when I was 82.”
AUTHOR: Dave Brubeck
“It takes a lifetime just to start understanding yourself.”


The Walls of Zion
from Old American Songs Set 2
For Choir and Piano
Performed by the 2010 FVHS Chamber Choir

The Walls of Zion
from Old American Songs Set 2 
For Solo and Piano 
Blythe Gaissert, Vocals
Karen Roethlisberger Verm, Accompanist

The Walls of Zion
from Old American Songs Set 2
For Choir and Orchestra

This is the panoramic view of the area known as Kidron valley, south of the old city. 
Also seen is Mount of Olives (to the left), the Southern Walls excavation area (in front and to the right), 
Mount Zion and the Jewish quarter (to the right).
View from the Crusaders tower towards the Kidron valley.
Zion’s Walls is a revivalist tune originally written by
John G. McCurry (1821-1886), a farmer from Georgia
who published the song collection, The Social Harp (1885).

Aaron Copland scored Zion’s Walls for solo voice and piano
and published it, along with nine other folk songs, in Old
American Songs. Copland used this song again in his opera,
The Tender Land (1952-1954). Copland’s orchestration
alternates between various instruments playing the tune with
the singer and descant instrumental accompaniment,
sometimes using both in one phrase.


Walls of Zion
Revivalist Song

Come fathers and mothers,
Come sisters and brothers,
Come join us in singing the praises of Zion.

O fathers don't you feel determined 
To meet within the walls of Zion.
We'll shout and go round the walls of Zion.