On "Wade in the Water" -
hymn tune is noted in an old hymnal as "a favorite melody among Southern
Baptists while a baptism is in progress." It is said in a Wikipedia article
to have "first published in New Jubilee Songs as Sung by the Fisk Jubilee
Singers (1901) by John Wesley Work II and his brother, Frederick J. Work."
Below is from among the many historical photographs preserved, capturing
chorus' lyrics: "Wade in the water, / Wade in the water, children, /
Wade in the water, / God's a-going to trouble the water."
little essay for piano on the traditional melody sets the tonality by its
introduction and then states the tune in distinct syncopated rhythms.
pages, circa 3' 30" - an MP3 demo is here:
The score is available as a free PDF download, though any major
commercial performance or recording of the work is prohibited without prior
arrangement with the composer. Click on the graphic below for this piano
On "Wade in the Water"