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Cowboy Songs

By Libby Larsen

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Soprano voice and piano
Composed by Libby Larsen (1950-). 20th Century. Collection. 15 pages. Published by E.C. Schirmer Publishing (EC.4255).

Item Number: EC.4255

20th Century. 9x12 inches.

The Cowboy Songs are three character songs. Two of the texts are drawn from cowboy/girl poetry, "Bucking Bronco" with a text by Belle Starr and"Billy the Kid" with an anonymous text. The third, "Lift me into Heaven Slowly" is the retitled "Sufi Sam Christian" of American poet Robert Creeley.

I wrote these songs for Jeannie Brindley Barnett to sing for a concert in 1979. The three poems made a nice set, suggesting a narrative without specifying one, giving me the opportunity to begin working with American English as a source of musical syntax and shape.- Libby Larsen.

  • 1. Bucking Bronco 
  • 2. Lift Me into Heaven Slowly 
  • 3. Billy the Kid 

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