On "Angelina Baker" -
collected by pioneering musicologist John A. Lomax (1867-1948), differs from
the song of the same name as written by Stephen Foster in 1850. Lomax
authored a memoir, Adventures of a Ballad Hunter, which mentions that
early in his university education such tunes were dismissed as "cheap and
unworthy," melodies were collected as "field recordings" preserving a whole
culture for the future. This adaptation of the fiddle tune can be played as
a canon, but fitting it into a light-hearted essay for piano, including a
fughetta as a center section testifies that "cheap and unworthy" in
someone opinion is most worthy in another's.
The song lyrics are
amusing, telling of this Angelina - in Foster's lyric, "Angeline the baker,
her age is forty-three / I bought her candy by the peck, and she won't marry
me. / Her father is the miller, they call him Uncle Sam. / I never will forget
her, unless I take a dram." An alternative lyric sometimes found sings
of "Angelina Baker, prettiest girl alive / She says that she’s twenty three,
but I know she’s forty five."
pages, circa 3' 30" - an MP3 demo is here:
The score is available as a free PDF download, though any major
commercial performance or recording of the work is prohibited without prior
arrangement with the composer. Click on the graphic below for this piano
On "Angelina Baker"