On "Angelina Baker" - (2018)   

for piano


This melody, 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."




4 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 score.


On "Angelina Baker"