Folk Section

I think of 'folk' music as an 'umbrella term' which covers all nationalities of 'traditional' music even if the composer has been identified. These pieces have a great crowd response.

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Adelita

"La Adelita" is one of the most famous songs of the Mexican Revolution and has been adapted in many forms. Lively and great fun. 

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All Through the Night

A famous Welch folk tune arranged and sung often in gatherings from the concert hall to the camp fire.
This five part setting is SSAATB and is from an arrangement for choir published circa 1900.
 

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Banzai Bushi

"Banzai Bushi" is folksong of Japan and is translated 'Happiness Song'. The melody certainly exemplifies that translation. This SATB arrangement hands the melody around into all parts with some snappy counter motifs to keep interest and excitement.

Give it a listen. It would be a real crowd pleaser.

Also see:
Hina Matsuri
Toka Ebisu

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Buffalo Gals

'Buffalo Gals' is a round dance tune with slightly salacious words. A 'buffalo gal' was really a 'lady of the evening' in a frontier town. This fact has been largely ignored in the fun of the lively tune and rather funny lyrics.

Scored for SATB Recorders the bounces along to a toe tapping rhythm.
 

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Camptown Races

'Camptown Races' is a Stephen Foster composition which has transitioned into the folksong genre. My love of this song was rooted in some serious misconception when I started to histor and meaning of the words. I just don't seem to be able to shake my enjoyment.

Scored for SATB I have tried to do justice to Stephen Foster's original accompanyment.

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Chopsticks for Recorders

"Chopsticks for Recorders" is another in a series of 'things' that happen when have to much idle time.  Every kid tried this melody when I was younger. I grew to really hate hearing it. Euphemia Allen composed this in 1877. Her only published work.

So now in my dotage here it is in SATB format with variations. 

I'm not sorry. So there.

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Cielito Lindo

"Cielito Lindo" is a very popular Mexican song from 1882 by Quirino Mendoza Y Cortes. It is perhaps the most commonly recorded love song. Generations have danced and sung this lovely tune.

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Cindy

'Cindy' is a frontier song and round dance tune with a chorus which would be sung by the dancers as they perform the move which changes the partners for the verse. The sweet and adoring verse is followed by a dismissive chorus.

Scored for SATB recorders the lively tune is reflected in the lively accompaniment.
 

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Clementine

'Clementine' is beloved as a campfire song for its easy melody and clever lyrics. This example works well as a sing-along-song and in a medley. This tongue in cheek arrangement attempts to reflect the songs true nature.

Scored for SATB recorders for beginner groups. 
 

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Crawdad Song

'Crawdad Song' has a long history as frontier song. The lyrics hint of something else besides 'fishin' for crawdads'. Unless you have some sort of trap a crawdad (or crawfish, if you wish) is rather difficult to get on a line. When I was very young my cousin, Don, taught me how to do it. The process requires a line, a bit of bacon, and a lot of patience. 

Scored for SATB recorders the accompaniment tries for reflect the nature of the song . 
 

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Dark Eyed Sailor

R. Vaughan Williams composed the arrangement of an English folksong in 1913. The poem is a cautionary tale of a young maiden who love a 'Dark Eyed Sailor".  The setting is for SSAATBB recorders and lively throughout.

  
 

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Deep in the Heart of Texas

Anthem of Texan Pride. Nuff Said.

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Fantasy on 'Brother John'

Are you sleeping Brother John? This little French tune is used in grade school music classes to teach the concept of 'round' or 'canon' singing. One day while sitting around with nothing to do I thought, "Why not a 'Fantasy on Brother John". 

This is what I begat.  The process was lots of fun.

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Giddy-Up

Giddy-up is a medley of cowboy tunes (Bury me not on the Lone Prairie, Red River Valley, Buffalo Gals, and Sweet Betsy from Pike).  SATB recorder is provides variety with each voice getting its fair share of the action.

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Hina Matsuri

"Hina Matsuri" is a Japanese Folksong associated with the "Girls Festival" or "Dolls Festival". The festival is held on March 3rd and is one of five major festivals held throughout Japan.

The primary aspect of Hinamatsuri is the display of seated male and female dolls which symbolize the wish for the girl to have a good and happy marriage. During the festival and the preceeding days, girls hold parties with their friends.

This melody is very pleasing and lends itself to the simple slightly canonic setting.

Also see:
Banzai Bushi
Toka Ebisu

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Home On The Range

'Home On The Rage' is a cowboy song with deep roots and much used by Hollywood as the cowherd calming tune in the 1920's and 30's. My accompaniment reflects the lazy and calm nature of the words and tune.

Scored for SATB recorder it will work will in a medley.

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I love my love

This British Cornish folksong was arranged by Gustav Holst in 1917. My transcription is for TTBBGbCb reccorder orchestra which seemed necessary to adequately portray Holst's wonderful arrangement.

The melody is interesting and strong enough to support the absence of the words (although I would suggest publishing the poem in your program).
 

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I sowed the seeds of love

This British Hampshire folksong was arranged by Gustav Holst in 1917. My transcription is for SSAATTBGb reccorder orchestra which seemed necessary to adequately portray Holst's wonderful arrangement.

The melody is interesting and strong enough to support the absence of the words (although I would suggest publishing the poem in your program).
 

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Just As the Tide Was Flowing

R. Vaughn Williams describes this arrangment of an English folksong as "freely arranged" which hints that some liberties just 'might' have been taken. This probably refers to the 'flowing motif' which occurs in all voices at about measure 148. The original key was A major but moved the piece to G major.

This SATB arrangement is better served by doubling all of the parts because there is short piece of divisi in the soprano. This is a fun piece to play and the audience will be excited by the quick tempo.

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Las Mannanitas

This traditional Mexican Birthday song is arranged in a SATB format. Can you find the little 4 note reference to more common Happy Birthday?

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Lindstead Market & Mango Walk

These lively Jamaican folk tunes work very well as a pair. There are SAT and SATB version available have a reasonable compass of notes. I have often used this charming mashup.  
 

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Lover's Ghost

R. Vaughan Williams set this haughting melody in 1913 for Soprano Divisi, Alto, Tenor, & Bass voices. The setting is very like a madrigal with lovely moving parts and sharing of melodic ideas. The melody stands quite well and on it's own merits. Add to that the wonderful part writting of Vaughan Williams and you can add the word lush to our desccription.

Listen to the melody and you will be surprised.

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Mexican Hat Dance

This well loved folk tune is lively fun for all players with the melody passed around from part to part.

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Old Joe Clark

"Olk Joe Clark" is a folk song & dance tune with a lively melody and humorous lyrics. This is reflected in the accompaniment which bounces irrepressibly along. This can be used as a sing-along-song to very good effect or a pleasant interlude when 2 or 3 folk songs are programmed together.

Easy SATB
 

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Russian Lullaby

This Russian Lullaby is tinged with depths of sadness. The melody sounded like a deeply worried mother trying to comfort the child and herself. This could be a Russian Yiddish soothing song. The words are not written because well.... I don't know how to make my computer do those letters, sorry. 

This SATB setting will bring tears to a listener with a gentle heart.
 

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Schlof Mein Kind

Schlof Mein Kind (Sleep My Child) is a traditional Yiddish Soothing Song published in 1912 by a Leo Vinz in Berlin. The arrangment for Voice & Viola with Piano by A. Schitomirski is a excellent representation of Yiddish folk song decorated in the traditional style and has worked out very well for recorder orchestra (SAATBGbCb).

This arrangement is offered free of charge in memory of the millions of families and individuals who would not survive the next  40 years.

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She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain

'She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain' is a campfire song with roots in the earliest days of frontier life. It has been used for singing and dancing. The variation of verses just seem to get richer with educational possibilties. I have used this one for many years and it is always one of the favorites.

Scored for SATB it is a lively accompaniment with great possiblities for a sing-along.
 

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Swansea Town

This British folksong/sea chanty was arranged by Gustav Holst in 1917. My transcription is for SATB reccorder consort adequately portrays Holst's wonderful arrangement.

The melody is truely rollicking and strong enough to support the absence of the words (although I would suggest publishing the poem in your program).
 

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The Song of the Blacksmith

This British Hampshire folksong was arranged by Gustav Holst in 1917. My transcription is for SSAATTBB reccorder orchestra which seemed necessary to adequately portray Holst's wonderful arrangement.

The melody is interesting and strong enough to support the absence of the words (although I would suggest publishing the poem in your program).

This one will be great fun to play.
 

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The Spring Time of the Year

R. Vaughan Williams arranged this lovely tune in 1913.  All parts really need to be doubled.  Vaughan Williams SSATBB but it was necessary to transcribe the lush harmonies for SAATBGb recorders. 

"Spring Time" is set in 'e minor' which suggest a longing for 'String Time'.

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