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Songs We've Always Sung

Aaron Copland’s “Old American Songs” have become recital standards, but traditional texts and tunes have attracted many other classical composers, including John Jacob Niles, George Crumb, and Jake Heggie.

Related Educational Resources

Song Listing

Song listings with composer / poet, performers, CD label, and CD number:

The Little Horses

Traditional

Traditional

Record#: Recorded by Alan Lomax, Library of Congress (Mrs. Kate Jones)

The Little Horses

Aaron Copland

Traditional

Record#: Sony 7464-60899-2 (William Warfield, baritone; Aaron Copland, piano)

Song Collection: Old American Songs, Set 2

I Bought Me a Cat

Aaron Copland

Traditional

Record#: London 417 242-2 (Marilyn Horne, mezzo-soprano; English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Carl Davis)

Song Collection: Old American Songs, Set 1

The Leather-Winged Bat

Jake Heggie

Traditional

Record#: Teldec 0630-16069 (Jennifer Larmore, mezzo-soprano; Antoine Palloc, piano)

Song Collection: Three Folk Songs

Shenandoah

Traditional

Traditional

Program 11: Thomas Hampson, baritone; Armen Guzelimian, piano | Program 13: Thomas Hampson, baritone; Wolfram Rieger, piano

Record#: Program 11: EMI/Angel 0946 3 4645 2 8 | Program 13: TH 5432

Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair

Cecil Sharp

Traditional

Record#: Revels/EMI 72435-95073-2-3 (John Langstaff, baritone; Sir Gerald Moore, piano)

Black is the Color

John Jacob Niles

Traditional

Record#: First recording (Program 11): Essential Media Group B000TPTQ2E (John Jacob Niles, singer) | Second recording (Program 11): Orfeo d’Or C707062 (Thomas Hampson, baritone; Wolfram Rieger, piano)

Black, Black, Black is the Color

George Crumb

Traditional

Thomas Hampson, baritone, and members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Record#: Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society concert, April 2011 (Thomas Hampson, baritone; Gilbert Kalish, piano; David Cossin, Haruka Fujii, Ayano Kataoka, Jeffrey Milarsky, percussionists)

Song Collection: Unto the Hills: American Songbook III

The Old Woman's Courtship

John Powell

Traditional

Record#: Revels 38871 23022 (John Langstaff, baritone; John Powell, piano)

The Nightingale

Clifford Shaw

Traditional

Record#: EMI/Angel 0946 3 4645 2 8 (Thomas Hampson, baritone; Armen Guzelimian, piano)

Barbara Allen

Traditional

Traditional

Record#: Goldenlane Records: American Folk Tales (Pete Seeger, unaccompanied)

Barb'ry Allen

Jake Heggie

Traditional

Record#: Teldec 0630-16069 (Jennifer Larmore, mezzo-soprano; Antoine Palloc, piano)

Song Collection: Three Folk Songs

John Riley

Howard Brockway

Traditional

Record#: Revels 38871 22022 (John Langstaff, baritone; Nancy Woodbridge, piano)

The Golden Willow Tree

Aaron Copland

Traditional

Thomas Hampson, baritone, and Craig Rutenberg, piano

Record#: Portland recital, 2009 (Thomas Hampson, baritone; Wolfram Rieger, piano)

Song Collection: Old American Songs, Set 2

California

Steven Mark Kohn

Traditional

Record#: Azica B001AGNMBW (Andrew Garland, baritone; Donna Loewy, piano)

On the Other Shore

Traditional

Traditional

Record#: Recorded by Alan Lomax Library of Congress (unidentified woman + Alan Lomax)

On the Other Shore

Steven Mark Kohn

Traditional

Record#: Azica B001AGNMBW (Andrew Garland, baritone; Donna Loewy, piano)