Variations on "Kum Ba Yah" for Solo Organ
Fianlly an arrangement of one of the world's most popular spirituals. These variations evoke the mood of the verse--from the poignancy of someone crying to the uplifting energy of someone singing. Philip Jones is one of England's most gifted arrangers for organ.
VIV 335, 12 Pages, $8.95
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A Brief Bio of the Composer
Philip Jones was born in Preston, Lancashire in England in 1949. His early studies were with the celebrated blind organist John E. Robinson. He graduated from the Royal Manchester College of Music, and he gained the FRCO certificate at the age of twenty one. This was followed by almost twenty years of work as a high school music teacher, organist, choral conductor and composer.
In 1989, he emigrated to America and married Jill Wiley, an American Methodist minister. They lived in Texas and California before returning to England in 1992.
Now residing in the Midlands, Mr. Jones is active as a composer, organist and private teacher; his wife serves two churches in Leicester.
His compositions include an orchestral suite, performed by the Preston Youth Orchestra, music for brass ensemble, organ and choral music, including the cantata "Praying and Weaving" and "Prayers of Dag Hammarskjold." Two of his hymn tunes appear in the current British Methodist Hymnal. A love of the guitar has led to the recent composition and publication of several works for solo guitar and guitar duet.
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