Down by the Riverside

Traditional Spiritual

Arranged by MOSES HOGAN



Born in New Orleans, Louisiana on March 13, 1957 Moses George Hogan was a pianist, conductor, and arranger of international renown. A graduate of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) and Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, he also studied at New York's Juillard School of Music and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Mr. Hogan's many accomplishments as a concert pianist included winning first place in the prestigious 28th annual Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition in New York. Hogan was appointed artist in residence at Dillard University in New Orleans in 1993 and served as artistic director of the internationally acclaimed Moses Hogan Chorale. The chorale evolved as an outgrowth of the New World ensemble organized by Hogan when he began his exploration of the choral music idiom in 1980. The chorale electrified audiences in the finest and most prestigious concert halls at home and abroad, ranging from Washington, DC's John F. Kennedy Center to the famed Sydney Opera House in Australia. The Chorale's high musical standards and unique repertoire consistently elicited praise from critics worldwide. Hogan was an exclusive arranger and composer for Hal Leonard Music Corporation.

In the final years of his life, Mr. Hogan became increasingly in-demand internationally as an arranger, conductor and clinician. He was commissioned to arrange and perform several compositions for a 1995 PBS Documentary, "The American Promise," whose soundtrack was released separately by Windham Hill records under the title "Voices." Later, Hogan recorded and conducted several of his arrangements with the famed Mormon Tabernacle Choir on their release "American Heritage of Spirituals." His discography also includes a recording of Spirituals with renowned countertenor Derek Lee Ragin produced by Aira Records as well as MGH Records' The Battle of Jericho and Songs of Reflection which features thirty arrangements for mixed chorus. Hogan's contemporary setting of spirituals, original compositions and other works have been revered by audiences and praised by critics the New York Times and Gramophone magazine. They have become staples in the repertoires of high school college church, community and professional choirs worldwide. Hogan's choral series is published by Hal Leonard Corporation and by Alliance Music Publishers.