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Date: Fri, 02 Jan 1998 17:21:27 -0800
From: Jamie Foster
Subject: COMPILATION: Western/Cowboy songs for SATB

A few weeks ago I posted a request for suggestions of western/cowboy
oriented repertoire for a reasonably-talented church choir (SATB,
20-or-so members) to do at a Saturday afternoon "fun" event (along with
other folks doing other western things) at the church. Here are the
ideas that came in. If I get any more, I'll send an addendum.

There are a couple of arrangements of "Happy Trails to You" bouncing
Also I've done a TTBB arr. of "Don't Fence Me In" (K. Shaw, maybe? Hal

Leonard at any rate.) My fellows had a great time doing it - complete
mock shoot-out at the end!

Susan Mueller

How about Charlie Rutlage by Charles Ives? I believe there's a unison
setting published by Associated Music with piano four-hands.


Betsy Burleigh
Coordinator, Choral & Vocal Music
Cleveland State University
Euclid Ave. at E. 24th St.
Cleveland, OH 44115
phone: (216) 687-3998
fax: (216) 687-9279

You may wish to take a look at the works of Ernst Bacon, an American
from, I think, California. In particular, "Colorado Trail", "John
Hardy" and
"Shouting Pilgrim".

From: David Potts

Next to Lovin' (I Like Fightin' Best) arr. Kirby Shaw - TB
Good luck! Norma B.

Roger Wagner "Western Songs" I believe it is a Lawson Gould Publication

Dr. Joel D. Knapp
Director of Choral Activities
Jacksonville State University
Jacksonville, AL 36265

May I recommend "Southwestern Suite" an arrangement by Randol Alan Bass.

It's fun to do, and although some sections are tricky, they can be
well by an average group. Good luck with your show.

From: lance treadway

Stomp your Foot - copland


An arrangement of Buffalo Gals for SATB and piano My own publication

A set of three pieces called " The Settling Years" EC Schirmer

A set of three songs for soprano and piano called "Cowboy Songs" EC

Are you interested in seeing any of them?

Libby Larsen
2205 Kenwood Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55405

There's a PDQ Bach cantata with a cowboy theme (I can't remember the
that I saw a DC area choral society do once in a church parish hall as a

fundraiser. It was a hoot!

Kathy Bowers
St. Louis MO

It's not really "western" (thoroughly), but Linda Spevacek's "American
Rhapsody #2" might really fit your bill. It's medley of Jenny Jenkins,
Springfield Mountain, and Old Dan Tucker. Very fun. There's also Randall

Stroope's (sp?) "Goin' To The Auction" (a little more difficult, but

Robert C. Fullerton

There are some great old Norman Luboff arrangements of Streets of Laredo

and Poor Lonesome Cowboy that would fit the bill. I'm afraid I've
forgotten who publishes them, but it was a major company...should be
easy to find. You might want to check out some of "the old hymns" that
the frontier folk would have sung.

Brett Nolker
Director of Music Education
Augustana College
Rock Island, Illinois 61201
(309) 794-7343 fax (309) 794-7678

Don't know if you want to break up the genders, but I know two fun and
arrangments for 3 pt. men and one for mixed:

Don't Fence Me In TBB (or TTB) arr. Kirby Shaw
The Streets of Laredo TBB (or TTB) - published National Music Press, but

can't remember thename of the arranger right now

Cool Water - TTBB w/ladies trio - also can't remember arranger - seems
it was in the "Waring Choral Series" but don't remember. Believe it is
well-known arrangment.

Hope this is what you had in mind.

Tim Howard

Try Mack Wilberg's setting of "Cindy" -- you even could use a clogger to

dance part of it!

Great setting -- published by Hinshaw

From: "Dr. Darryl Miller"

I do not know if it is still available, but Coleman Smith did a nice
arrangement of "Your the Reason God Made Oklahoma." I do not remember
who published it.

Stroup (James R.)

That's it. Thanks to all who provided ideas!

Jamie Foster, jamiefoster(a), Pismo Beach, CA
FAX: (805) 773-4288; office phone: (805) 773-0101
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