SSAB choir, piano
Composed by Ruth Elaine Schram. Choral. Concert. Octavo. Heritage Music Press #15/2405H. Published by Heritage Music Press (LO.15-2405H).
Lush harmonies set a mournful mood for this creative partnering of the American folk songs “Red River Valley” and “Down in the Valley.” The two tunes meld unexpectedly in the last verse, the use of echo fortifies the “valley” theme, and dynamic contrast supports the poignancy of the lovelorn text.