August 12: Copland – The Little Horses, 2003

Jon Curtis Season of the Day, SOTD - August

Wednesday night the men have a break, and Allan works with the sopranos and altos.

WOMEN'S SECTIONAL

Today we share a video of the only piece Consort has done with just women, Aaron Copland's "The Little Horses."  (Note: the Allan Petker Chorale has done a couple of other women-only pieces while on tour.  But we believe this is the only one sung during the annual concerts, in 1994 and repeated at our tenth anniversary in 2003.)

Persons of the Day: Our recording artists
These emails would not have been possible without the efforts of numerous recording specialists over the years.  As the technology has evolved, they have used everything from a cassette tape recorder to analog and digital cameras with sophisticated editing software.

The earliest cassette recordings were made by Bob Friestad.  He is also the one who labels, packages and distributes the recordings.

Clyde Niesen has brought in his tall microphones and made several audio recordings.  Jon Curtis did our first videos in 1997 and 2003 using an early digital tape camera.

Kevin Memley did videos of the concerts when he joined us around 2012-14.  And Kirk Austin did audio recordings through the church's microphones.

Others who have helped over the years are Tom Atkin, Jane Cheshire-Allen, and Sean Bush.  And most recently we have hired Cinematics, LLC and Daniel Drasin.

Aaron Copland has been widely recognized as one of the world's greatest composers who captured the American spirit in his compositions. In this piece, he is not listed as the creator, but credited as adapting the text and tune. The choral arrangement is by R. Wilding White.

Hush you bye, don't you cry, go to sleepy little baby.
When you wake, you shall have, all the pretty little horses.
Blacks and bays, dapples and grays, coach and six-a little horses.
Hush you bye, don't you cry, go to sleepy little baby.
When you wake, you'll have new cake, and all the pretty little horses.
A brown and a gray and a black and a bay and a coach and six-a little horses.
Hush you bye, don't you cry, Oh you pretty little baby.