Concert Band Working on Copland’s “Old American Songs”

Posted by on July 23, 2016 in Special Announcements | 0 comments


The New Horizons Concert Band is excited to be working up some classic Americana, in this case, excerpted pieces from Old American Songs by Aaron Copland.

According to Wikipedia, Old American Songs is actually two sets of songs arranged by Copland in 1950 and 1952 respectively. The origins of the songs are varied:

Set 1
The Boatman's Dance (minstrel song from 1843)
The Dodger (campaign song)
Long Time Ago (ballad)
Simple Gifts (Shaker song)
I Bought Me a Cat (children's song, Roud Folk Song Index No. 544)
Set 2
The Little Horses (lullaby)
Zion’s Walls (revivalist song)
The Golden Willow Tree (Anglo-American ballad)
At the River (hymn tune)
Ching-A-Ring Chaw (minstrel song)

The Concert Band is working on a version arranged by John Moss, which includes Little Horses, The Golden Willow Tree, Simple Gifts, and Ching-A-Ring Chaw.  Here is a rendition of Moss' arrangement by the Charlottesville Municipal Band:  Old American Songs

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