Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) was an Afro-British composer and conductor. In 1904, on his first tour to the United States, Coleridge-Taylor was received by President Theodore Roosevelt at the White House, a rare event in those days for a man of African descent. His music was widely performed and he had great support among African Americans. Coleridge-Taylor sought to draw from traditional African music and integrate it into the classical tradition. The Benedictus is a movement from his 1899 work, Morning and Evening Service in F.
- Play each part separately, then all combinations of two parts.
- Play the soprano and alto parts with your right hand.
- Play the tenor and bass parts with your left hand.
- Play all four parts using the right hand for the soprano and alto and the left hand for the tenor and bass.