TIMOTHY BROEGE:  Spirtual Necessity

Spiritual Necessity is a slow-fast setting of the African-American spiritual "Roll, Jordan, Roll".  Usually sung in major mode, the current setting uses the minor mode to deepen the gravitas of the work. The spirit of a New Orleans style funeral march with brass band and 2nd Line animates the piece.  Spiritual Necessity was commissioned and premiered in Illinois in 1996 and has undergone several revisions.