Horizons: Four Western Pieces

Arthur Shepherd

Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

The Lone Prairee
This movement is founded on a traditional cow-boy song, the melody of which was recorded by the late Henry F. Gilbert.

In the volume of Cowboy Songs and other Frontier Ballads by John A. Lomax, the song appears under the title ?The Dying Cowboy,? with thirteen verses and six refrains.

Lomax?s arrangement of the verses is composite, as illustrative of versions current in different sections of the West.

The words of the first refrain are as follows:
?O bury me not on the lone prairiee
Where the wild cayotes will howl o?er me.
In a narrow grave just six by three,
O bury me not on the lone prairiee?

Lomax gives a different version of the tune which, nevertheless bears a striking family resemblance to the one made us of here.

The Old Chisholm Trail
Two Cowboy songs form the basic material for this movement. The words and tunes of both appear in Lomax?s collection.

The first, entitled ?The Old Chisholm Trail,? narrates in lively rhythm and racy detail typical cowboy adventures on one of the more famous trails ranging from Texas to Wyoming:
?Come along, boys, and listen to my tale,
I?ll tell you of my troubles on the old Chisholm trail.?
?Coma ti yi youpy, youpy ya, youpy, ya,
Coma ti yi youpy, youpy, ya.?

Aside from the refrain, there are thirty stanzas in this song.

The contrasting middle section of the movement is a setting of a well-known Dogie* song:
?As I was a-walking one morning for pleasure,
I spied a cow-puncher all riding alone?
His hat was throwed back and his spurs was a?jinglin?
As he approached me a-singin? this song.?

?Whoopee ti yi yo, git along little dogies,
It?s your misfortune and none of my own.
Whoopee ti yi yo, git along little dogies,
For you know Wyoming will be your new home.?

The chorale heard in the final section of this movement is derived from a hymn of the Western pioneers.

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Additional Information

Composition Date 1929
Duration 00:30:00
Orchestration 3 3 3 3 T.Sax. - 4 5 3 1; Timp. Perc. Pno. Cel. Org. 2Hp. Str.