Cowboy Songs for Him (2015)

Medium: male voice and piano

Length: ~13 min

Cowboy Songs for Him is a collection of four pre-existing cowboy tunes, and one original song, that have been “re-imagined” for male voice and piano. Reflecting various scenes of frontier life, this set invokes the life and land that was once roamed by the American cowboy. Each of the settings contains the original statement of the folk tune, usually toward the beginning, with the melody then continually embellished, developed, or reworked as the song evolves. Mixed and changing meters provide rhythmic interest, and often added notes are used to create more complex harmonies than those contained in the original tunes. “To Midnight, an epitaph” is not originally a folk song; the text was an epitaph for a horse, and was set to an original tune by the composer.

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Price: $15

I. Cowman's Prayer
II. To Midnight, an epitaph
III. Sam Hall
IV. Poor Lonesome Cowboy
V. The Gal I Left Behind Me
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