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Program 11: Songs We’ve Always Sung

Aaron Copland’s “Old American Songs” have become recital standards, but traditional texts and tunes have attracted many other classical composers, including John Jacob Niles, George Crumb, and Jake Heggie.



Song listings with composer / poet, performers, CD label, and CD number:

The Little Horses
Traditional / Traditional
Mrs. Kate Jones, recorded by Alan Lomax
Library of Congress

The Little Horses
from Old American Songs, Set 2
Aaron Copland, arr. / Traditional
William Warfield, baritone/Aaron Copland, piano
Sony 7464-60899-2

I Bought Me a Cat
from Old American Songs, Set 1
Aaron Copland, arr. / Traditional
Marilyn Horne, mezzo-soprano; English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Carl Davis
London 417 242-2

The Leather-Winged Bat
from Three Folk Songs
Jake Heggie, arr. / Traditional
Jennifer Larmore, mezzo-soprano; Antoine Palloc, piano
Teldec 0630-16069

Shenandoah
Roger Ames, arr. / Traditional
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Armen Guzelimian, piano
EMI/Angel 0946 3 4645 2 8

Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair
Cecil Sharp, arr. / Traditional
John Langstaff, baritone; Sir Gerald Moore, piano
Revels/EMI 72435-95073-2-3

Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair (second version)
John Jacob Niles / Traditional
John Jacob Niles, singer
Essential Media Group B000TPTQ2E

Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair (third version)
John Jacob Niles / Traditional
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Wolfram Rieger, piano
Orfeo d’Or C707062

Black Black Black is the Color
from Unto the Hills: American Songbook III
George Crumb, arr. / Traditional
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Gilbert Kalish, piano; David Cossin, Haruka Fujii, Ayano Kataoka, Jeffrey Milarsky, percussionists
Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society concert, April 2011

The Old Woman’s Courtship
John Powell, arr. / Traditional
John Langstaff, baritone; John Powell, piano
Revels 38871 23022

The Nightingale
Clifford Shaw, arr. / Traditional
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Armen Guzelimian, piano
EMI/Angel 0946 3 4645 2 8

Barbara Allen
Traditional / Traditional
Pete Seeger, unaccompanied
Goldenlane Records: American Folk Tales

Bar’bry Allen
from Three Folk Songs
Jake Heggie, arr. / Traditional
Jennifer Larmore, mezzo-soprano; Antoine Palloc, piano
Teldec 0630-16069

John Riley
Howard Brockway, arr. / Traditional
John Langstaff, baritone; Nancy Woodbridge, piano
Revels 38871 22022

The Golden Willow Tree
from Old American Songs, Set 2
Aaron Copland, arr. / Traditional
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Wolfram Rieger, piano
Portland recital, 2009

California
Steven Mark Kohn, arr. / Traditional
Andrew Garland, baritone; Donna Loewy, piano
Azica B001AGNMBW

On the Other Shore
Traditional / Traditional
unidentified woman + Alan Lomax, recorded by Alan Lomax
Library of Congress

On the Other Shore
Steven Mark Kohn, arr. / Traditional
Andrew Garland, baritone; Donna Loewy, piano
Azica B001AGNMBW

 

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