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Marian Anderson: A Life in Song

"Little Child of Mary"
adapted and arranged by by H. T. Burleigh

inscribed to Marian Anderson

The Pennsylvanian Harry T. Burleigh (1866-1949), whose fame was established with his 1917 setting of "Deep River," was a pioneer in the arrangement of spirituals for solo voice with piano accompaniment. Burleigh's arrangement of this spiritual, as well as "Go Down Moses," "Heaven Heaven," and "My Lord, What a Morning"--which Marian Anderson chose for the title of her 1956 autobiography--were favorites of the contralto and were both performed and recorded many times over. "Little Child of Mary" was also a part of Ms. Anderson's repertory, and her copy of the music, shown below, includes Burleigh's inscription, "To a great artist."

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