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CoverBread and Roses [level: Difficult]
arr. Brad Richmond: Bio and other works
RELEASED: March 2024
voicing: SSA div. | catalog number: SBMP 1766 | duration: 2'47 | price: $2.40
accompaniment: Tambourine and Hand Drum

INSTRUMENT PART: Percussion - FREE Download


A powerful march for treble choirs, this fresh arrangement was inspired by women’s activism during the first decade of the 20th century. “Bread and Roses” was a political slogan that appeared initially in a speech by Helen Todd and later became the title of a poem by James Oppenheim. Composed by Mimi Fariña in the 1950s, and later recorded by a number of folk singers, the arranger was moved to create this new arrangement as a response to the rash of government sanctions against women’s rights in the U.S. and around the world. Ideal for high school, collegiate, and adult community choirs, this is a bold arrangement and strong conversation-starter — a great way to share this important and inspiring story with present-day audiences.


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CLICK HERE: Read the Text or Poem
As we come marching, marching, in the beauty of the day, 

A million darkened kitchens, a thousand mill-lofts gray 

Are touched with all the radiance that a sudden sun discloses,

For the people hear us singing, "Bread and Roses, Bread and Roses."



As we come marching, marching, we battle, too, for men—

For they are women's children and we mother them again. 

Our days shall not be sweated from birth until life closes— 

Hearts starve as well as bodies: Give us Bread, but give us Roses.



As we come marching, marching, unnumbered women dead 

Go crying through our singing their ancient song of Bread; 

Small art and love and beauty their trudging spirits knew— 

Yes, it is Bread we fight for—but we fight for Roses, too.



As we come marching, marching, we bring the Greater Days—

The rising of the women means the rising of the race.

No more the drudge and idler—ten that toil where one reposes—

poem by James Oppenheim, inspired by Helen Todd

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Bread and Roses choral track bundle contains a part dominant track for each voice part, a balanced voices track, and an accompaniment track if the work is not a cappella (the accompaniment is also included with the part dominant and balanced voices track). Get more information and listen to samples HERE. Please note that the choral score is not included in the bundle and needs to be ordered separately.

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