Old American Songs II

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Aaron Copland

Aaron Copland (arr. Duffy)

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General Info

Year: 1952/ 2001
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano and voice
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $74.42


1. The Little Horses
2. Zion's Walls
3. The Golden Willow Tree
3. At the River – 2:38
4. Ching-a-Ring Chaw


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Program Notes

Old American Songs are two sets of songs arranged by Aaron Copland in 1950 and 1952 respectively, after research in the Sheet Music Collection of the Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays, in the John Hay Library at Brown University. Originally scored for voice and piano, they were reworked for baritone (or mezzo-soprano) and orchestra.

Set 2 was first performed by William Warfield and Aaron Copland (piano) on 25 May 1958 in Ipswich, Massachusetts, and later, in its orchestral form, by Grace Bumbry (mezzo-soprano) and the Ojai Festival Orchestra, conducted by the composer, in Ojai, California.

This set of songs includes The Little Horses (lullaby); Zion’s Walls (revivalist song); The Golden Willow Tree (Anglo-American ballad); At the River (hymn tune); and Ching-A-Ring Chaw (minstrel song).

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

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  • Triangle Wind Ensemble (Cary, N.C.) (Evan Feldman, conductor) - 27 March 2022
  • Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, Minn.) Wind Orchestra (James Patrick Miller, conductor; Michael Jorgensen, baritone voice) - 31 May 2019

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