Poor Lonesome Cowboy
The folklore about America's expansion
westward is extensive and interesting. Frequently, that information gets passed from one
generation to the next through American folk-songs like this one. The need
to protect and promulgate American's heritage through music is one of the myriad
responsibilities of today's music educators. It is particularly important
during a time inundated by media music and technology.
This traditional early-American folk song
is best performed by all-male groups; however, it may be sung by mixed groups as
well. Although young men may not be as enamored with wild west cowboys as they were in the past, this song provides an opportunity to share
and consider a bit of America's history.
Four-part Variable Voicing Chart to
ascertain the different voicings that are available to various age groups.
Music: American Folk Song
Arranged by Lee Giles
Four-part Variable Voicing
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