The Little Horses By: Aaron Copland . The Little Horses. Composer: Aaron Copland Written: 1952 Is from the extremely popular Old American Songs ll Instruments: piano, cello, flute, oboe. Violin, voice, bassoon, double bass, choir, horn, trombone, tuba and saxophone. Aaron Copland.
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The Little Horses By: Aaron Copland
The Little Horses • Composer: Aaron Copland • Written: 1952 • Is from the extremely popular Old American Songs ll • Instruments: piano, cello, flute, oboe. Violin, voice, bassoon, double bass, choir, horn, trombone, tuba and saxophone.
Aaron Copland • Nov. 14th1900 – Dec. 2nd 1990 • Aaron was born in Brooklyn, NY. • Premier American composer who helped bring American music to the forefront. • He was also a conductor, a teacher and a writer who wrote books about music as well as his autobiography • "Copland: 1900 Through 1942" • "Copland: Since 1943.'
Text “Hush you bye, don’t you cry, go to sleepy little baby when you wake, you shall have, all the pretty little horses” Telling you that everything will be fine, just go to sleep and when you wake up things will be alright.
Musical Elements • Tonal, E Major • After 4-measure intro, opening word “O” is sustained for 2 measures, soft and unaccompanied, portraying Semele’s initial shock at waking up and desire for her dream to return • Text painting on “wand’ring” - melismas • “O sleep, again deceive me” - accidentals and mini key change representing deception
I like this piece because… • There are calming parts and a feeling of peace rushes over me • Simple yet complex • Reminds me of my childhood when my mom would sing me lullabies • Sort of gives the message that everything will be alright