The Dying Californian

Composer
Gregory Brown
Composer Nationality
American
Text
Vance Randolph's Ozark Folksongs
Year Composed
2004, rev. 2014
Pages
5
Minutes
3:00
Difficulty
2 (High school)
Language
English
Voicing
3 part low voice chorus
Divisi
No
Sacred or Secular
Secular
Mood
Dramatic, with dynamic contrasts; Restrained, holding back
Description

A hearty and full-voiced folk tune setting for men's voices with optional solo sections. This Gold Rush-era tune shows up in several collections and in a variety of forms. My first experience with the tune was hearing the version by Cordelia’s Dad on their phenomenal folk/punk album, Comet. Band member Tim Eriksen has a more recent solo version which is close to the album version. My second experience with the tune comes from Vance Randolph’s excellent collection Ozark Folksongs (pp 180–2). The two versions of the song are fairly distinct in some ways, and my rendering draws on each to create my own, distinct, setting.

https://soundcloud.com/gregorywbrown/dying-californian-mens-chorus-or-solo-trio

Audio Credit
New York Polyphony
Group
Triad
Performances
Triad: 2017 November 12, 18, & 19 (New Wine | Old Bottles)