This French and Hungarian composer used to say “If I think I can be proud of something in my artistic life, it would be to have been free from any theory, school and thoughts.” He was very interested in traditional and popular vocal music. He collected some peasant, prisoner and Maquis songs from the Second World War. When the integration of Black Americans increased in France, he was able to finish a meticulous work about spiritual. He recorded Black soldiers and made their voices heard in concerts. He also arranged many spirituals. This sheet music can be performed by choirs without much experience. What’s at stake is to keep the commitment and the spirit of these songs through the simple but sophisticated harmonies.
(Translated from French)