Dodger, The

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Aaron Copland

Aaron Copland (arr. Thomas Knox)

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General Info

Year: c. 1880 / 1950 /
Duration: c. 2:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Folk song
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

The Dodger was popularized in the United States in the nineteenth-century, first as a folk tune with Scottish roots and then as campaign song. It utilized to great effect in Grover Cleveland’s 1884 presidential campaign to belittle his opponent, James Blaine. Copland based his version of the song as it was sung by Emma Dusenbury, an Arkansan farmer who contributed over one hundred songs to the Library of Congress’s American Folklife Center. Dusenbury ‘s version of the song was transcribed by Charles Seeger for publication by the Resettlement Administration’s Folk Song Sheet Program.

- Program Note from United States Marine Band concert program, 30 April 2023

Aaron Copland included The Dodger in his 1950 medley Old American Songs I.

- Program Note from Wind Repertory Project


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State Ratings

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  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Jason K. Fettig, conductor) – 30 April 2023

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