Zion's Walls

The original melody and words of Zion’s Walls is credited to John McCurry, compiler of the The Social Harp in 1855. This popular “shape-note” tune book from rural Georgia featured secular and spiritual songs for singing in schools, camp-meetings and revivals. American composer Aaron Copland included a setting of this jubilant piece in his second collection of Old American Songs from 1952, and our choral version was arranged by Glenn Koponen. “Come fathers and mothers, come sisters and brothers, come join us in singing the praises of Zion – we’ll shout and go round the walls of Zion!” The grand piano opening sounds like chiming bells, and with each repetition of the text, the piece grows to a dramatic finish.