Two American Folk-songs

Two American Folk-songs

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Suitable for SSAA and piano or harp, this work contains two folk-songs which form a perfect pair. The first has a simple melody with a stark accompaniment while the second is supported by a banjo-like harp or piano part.
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Product details

  • Sheet music | 12 pages
  • 178 x 254 x 1mm | 27g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0193426420
  • 9780193426429

Table of contents

I wish I was a child again; Sourwood Mountain
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Review quote

'These two songs for the upper voice, which, ideally, should be performed together as a set, really get the toes tapping ... The first, I Wish I was a child again begins, as upper voice songs frequently do, with a first statement from voice one. In this piece, it then moves quickly into a very attractive four-part round, which not only sounds good but looks good on paper, because it descends in a cascade of music, offering much in the way of interpretative possibilities to the imaginative choir trainer. Over this is ... cont. . Henry Howell, Australian Music Teacher Magazine, August 02 cont ... laid a solo voice. Well within the vocal and musical capabilities of any ambitious choir, there is much to commend in this short piece, which is then followed by Sourwood Mountain, a regular old hoe-down. Opening in voice two, followed fairly smartly by voice one, this piece really moves along and the kids will love it! ... There will be much merriment in rehearsal, too, because the opportunities for tongue-twisting are many, added to which there is a certain amount of imitation of banjo sounds by all concerned, making it unsuitable for accompaniment by the Royal Philharmonic! The kids will thank you, so do them a favour, purchase it for your library, even if you have to raise your membership fees to do it!' Henry Howell, Australian Music Teacher Magazine, August 02 'The sentiments expressed in the song are admirable ... and the text is well matched to the music. The rhythmic simplicity, moments of syncopation and spirited melody do much to drive the piece forward and I have no doubt that it will put a real smile on the faces of the singers. I have no hesitation in recommending this pair of pieces to you. They complement each other well, are not over demanding to perform and will bring undoubted pleasure to everyone who meets with them.' Music Teach'r March 2001 I Wish I Was a Child Again is a very good arrangement of an Appalachian folk song. The opening sets the mood, and the SSAA section is a round, cleverly arranged to give a very atmostpheric sound.' Ensemble April 2000 (MMA)
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