Simple Gifts Piano Solo and Tutorial include both video tutorial and the sheet music which can be learned by rote or by reading. This beautiful Shaker tune is an American Classic a great choice for recital time especially if a student is caught unprepared. Other rote pieces are Scribble and Tranquil.
History of the Shakers
A Christian sect Shakers were initially known as "Shaking Quakers" because of their ecstatic behavior during worship services. As early as 1747, women assumed leadership roles within the sect, notably Jane Wardley, Mother Ann Lee, and Mother Lucy Wright. Shakers settled in colonial America, with initial settlements in New Lebanon, New York (called Mount Lebanon after 1861). They practice a celibate and communal lifestyle, pacifism, and their model of equality, which they institutionalized in their society in the 1780s. They are also known for their simple living, architecture, and furniture.
During the mid-19th century, an Era of Manifestations resulted in a period of dances, gift drawings, and gift songs inspired by spiritual revelations. At its peak in the mid-19th century, there were 6,000 Shaker Believers. By 1920, there were only 12 Shaker communities remaining in the United States. At the present time, there is only one active Shaker village, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, which is located in Maine. Wikipedia
Simple Gifts Piano Solo and Tutorial
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