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8 Inspiring Folk Arrangements by Mack Wilberg

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s director, Mack Wilberg has created countless arrangements including patriotic, children’s songs, sacred hymns and Christmas carols.

Here are eight videos that represent Mack Wilberg’s mastery of folk songs.

Deep River

This anonymous African American spiritual appeared in the 1929 film version of the musical Show Boat. It is included on the Choir’s album Peace Like a River.


He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

This arrangement starts with the women, followed by the men, singing in unison. As the song progresses, bells are played by Choir members.


Homeward Bound

This arrangement begins with a wooden flute, followed by the men singing the main verses. The women then join with supporting “oohs,” followed by the whole Choir singing in beautiful harmony. The flute returns between verses and finishes the song along with the strings and harp.


My Song in the Night

From the album, Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing: American Folk Hymns and Spirituals, Wilberg sets “My Song in the Night,” to an unforgettable arrangement.


Shenandoah

“Shenandoah” (also known as “Across the wide Missiouri”) is a traditional American folk song from the 19th century.


Sweet Peace

From the album, Peace Like a River, “Sweet Peace” is soothing like a lullaby in its delivery.


Then We'll Sing Hosanna

 


What a Wonderful World

Louie Armstong first recorded this song in 1967 and reached #1 on the U.K. Singles Chart.