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Variations on 'We Shall Overcome'

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Uploaded by: yolar (08/11/22)
Composer: Liardon, Gaël
Sample Producer: Sonus Paradisi
Sample Set: St. Maximin, France
Software: Hauptwerk VII
Genre: Contemporary
Description:
These six baroque variations for keyboard on 'We Shall Overcome' are played on the model of the Isnard organ, St Maximin. A protest song, which has its origin in the protest movements of the 1950s about equal rights for black people. Even Martin Luther King referred to this song, which stood symbol for oppression but also hope. Pete Seeger's version of this song is probably the most famous. Some elements of this song were even borrowed from 17th century Church hymns.

Gaël Liardon composed 6 nice variations on this song in an early baroque style a la Sweelinck, Pachelbel and Frescobaldi. It's surprising how well the melody copes with this treatment.
I used the fantastic sample set of the Isnard organ of St Maximin, sampled by Sonus Paradisi. Of course splendid for the appropriate French repertoire, but its disposition makes so much more possible that I couldn't resist the temptation playing these variations on it.

There we have it: an American protest song, composed in a Dutch/German/Italian baroque style, played by a Dutch organist on a French classical organ.

Listen to Pete Seeger's version of We Shall Overcome here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhnPV...

Lyrics:
We shall overcome
We shall overcome
We shall overcome, someday

Oh, deep in my heart
I know that I do believe
We shall overcome, someday

We shall be alright
We shall be alright
We shall be alright, someday

Oh, deep in my heart
I know that I do believe
We shall overcome, someday

We shall live in peace
We shall live in peace
We shall live in peace, someday

Oh, deep in my heart
I know that I do believe
We shall overcome, someday

We are not afraid (oh Lord)
We are not afraid (oh Lord)
We are not afraid, today

Oh, deep in my heart
I know that I do believe
We shall overcome, someday

We shall overcome (oh Lord)
We shall overcome (oh Lord)
We shall overcome, someday

Oh, deep in my heart
I know that I do believe
We shall overcome, someday
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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