The composer Hamilton Forrest (1901-1963) is best known for his settings of American folksongs, among them "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands." Bearing a dedication to Marian Anderson, Forrest's arrangement was published in 1951 and clearly was a favorite of the contralto. Ms. Anderson once commented, in fact, that Forrest "provided a piano part that fits the words like a glove," and she often concluded her recitals with this spiritual, inviting the audience to join in with her.
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