Copland’s Old American Songs

Love these.

That phrase could be interpreted either as a (grammatically questionable) description of my emotional response to Aaron Copland’s 1950′s-era arrangement of these ten classic American songs, or as a command.

Which is fine. Either — in fact, both– will do.

The choral versions are also fun, though a little too …cluttered for my ears. (And so, not quite as much fun as the solo setting.) And the historical value of the Peter Pears/Benjamin Britten performance  makes it worth mentioning, as well.

What could possibly be more fun than listening to a classically-trained, world-renowned baritone singing “Got Me A Cat?” Pretty much nothing, I say.

I bought me a cat, my cat pleased me.
I fed my cat under yonder tree.
My cat says fiddle eye fee.

About Joseph Susanka

Joseph has been doing development work for institutions of Catholic higher education since graduating from Thomas Aquinas College in 1999. A grateful resident of Wyoming, he spends his free time exploring the beautiful Wind River Mountains, keeping track of his (currently) seven sons, being amazed by his (currently) lone daughter, and thanking his lucky stars for Netflix.


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