Title
Old American Songs, Set I
For
medium voice and orchestra
Scoring
1(=picc).1.2.1-1.1.1.0-harp-strings
ARCO Number(s)
65.1
Categories
Orchestral Vocal
Duration
13'
Songs
  • 1. The Boatmen's Dance
  • 2. The Dodger
  • 3. Long Time Ago
  • 4. Simple Gifts
  • 5. I Bought Me a Cat
Premiere
  • Los Angeles, January 7th, 1955 (William Warfield, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Alfred Wallenstein)
Publisher
Boosey & Hawkes
Publishing Status
Published
Year Orchestrated
1954

Program Note

Copland's orchestrations of his two sets of American folk song arrangements were both premiered by William Warfield, who said, "If I had to make a choice, it would probably be toward the orchestra versions, especially for I Bought Me a Cat, where you have all these wonderful barnyard sounds in the orchestration." Copland took such pleasure in the popularity of the folksongs that he also approved various arrangements for chorus and orchestra.

Author
Vivian Perlis
Year
1998