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.
Numbers 1, 4, and 5 may be performed by chorus and orchestra using the same orchestral parts with the respective choral octavos.
A new edition of this work, edited by Philip Rothman, is now available from Boosey and Hawkes.
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