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Sourwood Mountain

Traditional American Folk Song

Like many folk songs, there are numerous lyrical versions extant; however, there are certain commonalities. The song's theme is a lament over the narrator's true love, from whom he is separated. The title comes from the opening line, which is invariably "Chicken's (a) crowing on Sourwood Mountain". Each verse of the song consists of a rhyming couplet interspersed with a nonsense refrain.


Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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Dwight Bigler : Three Appalachian Songs : SATB : Songbook : 888680900373 : 1540041484 : 48024516

Dwight Bigler : Three Appalachian Songsnew

These classic early American folk songs Cluck Old Hen, Poor Wayfarin' Starnger, and Sourwood Mountain are beautifully set for band and chorus in this appealing concert suite. Arranged with various performance options available, these songs may be performed individually as well as together in a suite format. In addition, these can be performed with band alone, chorus and piano alone, or with combined groups. Recorded by the Virginia Tech Choirs and Symphonic Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dwight Digler - Moss Arts Center, Virginia Tech, March 26, 2017.

Songlist: Cluck Old Hen, Poor Wayfarin' Starnger, Sourwood Mountain

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Voicing: SATB | 7766b | Songbook | $4.95


Emily Crocker : Read & Sing Folksongs : 01 Songbook & 1 CD : 888680041342 : 1495008185 : 00140860

Emily Crocker : Read & Sing Folksongs

Learn to read & sing a wealth of folksong history from the creative writing of Emily Crocker. Kick up your heels with singing and dancing games, a play party, hoedown, counting out rhyme, spirituals, sea shanty, riverboat work song and much more! Well-written lesson plans take you step-by-step from melody to harmony. Learn a song as you play a game activity. Practice selected rhythm & melodic patterns to help sight read the song. Add a simple ostinato or partner melody for instant harmony. Decide on the form, and then switch it up each time you perform! Add classroom percussion parts provided, or create your own. Sing a cappella, or with the recording on the enclosed CD, or perform live with the piano/vocal arrangements printed in the Teacher Book. Simple choreography suggestions are listed above the piano scores. And there's more! You can bring John Jacobson into your classroom with choreography videos available free online. The Teacher Book also comes with an Enhanced CD of audio recordings and PDFs of the singer songsheets in full color or black/white, so you have the freedom to print or project what you want! Perfect for classroom or concert programming. Have fun sight reading melody and harmony with Read & Sing. Suggested for Grades 3-6. ScorePlay - click to view score with recording.

Songlist: Shake Those 'Simmons Down, Rise Up, Shepherd, And Follow, May Day Carol, The Colorado Trail, Alabama Gal, Sailing On The Ocean, Skin And Bones, The Boatman, Icka Backa Soda Cracker, Sourwood Mountain, Cape Cod Girls, Charlie Over The Ocean

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4302b | Songbook & 1 CD | $39.95 | A Cappella


John Rutter (editor) : Folk Songs For Choirs Vol 1 : SATB : 01 Songbook : 9780193437180

John Rutter (editor) : Folk Songs For Choirs Vol 1

Editied by John Rutter these songs come from the British Isles and North America, ranging widely in regional origin and character.

Songlist: Among the Leaves so Green, O, Bushes and Briars, Black Sheep , Bobby Shafto, Dashing Away With The Smoothing Iron, Early One Morning, Greensleeves, Londonderry Air , My Sweetheart's like Venus, O Waly, Waly, She's Like the Swallow, Sourwood Mountain

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Voicing: SATB | 6606b | Songbook | $22.95 | A Cappella


Patti DeWitt : Five Songs For Treble Voice : SSA : 01 Songbook : 073999402650 : 08740265

Patti DeWitt : Five Songs For Treble Voice

These creative settings add to the growing body of a cappella literature for the developing choir. These songs are especially appropriate for your a cappella feature at contest.

Songlist: Sourwood Mountain, Elegy, Come, Ye Young Maidens, Star Light, Star Bright, I Never Will Marry

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Voicing: SSA | 9320b | Songbook | $2.95 | A Cappella


Various Arrangers : Encores For Choirs : Mixed 5-8 Parts : 01 Songbook : 9780193436305

Various Arrangers : Encores For Choirs

SATB choirs are always on the look-out for approachable show-stopping concert pieces guaranteeed to bring the house down. This is such a collection, containing 24 varied numbers carefully collected by editor Peter Gritton, and ranging in character from classic, sentimental leave-taking items, through humorous or quirky pieces, to exciting fast-moving numbers. As well as containing well known standards of the repertoire there are many new compositions by such acknowledged choral experts as John Rutter, Andrew Carter and Bob Chilcott.

Songlist: Banquet Fugue, Christopher Robin is saying his Prayers , Drunken Sailor , Geographical Fugue, The Goslings, Home is a Special Kind of Feeling, Home, Sweet Home, I do Like to be Beside the Seaside, Irish Blessing, Italian Salad, Let's Begin Again, Londonderry Air , The Lost Chord, The Mermaid, Name that Tune, Old McDonald had a farm, Quick! We have but a Second, Rejection, Sourwood Mountain, Steal Away, The Teddy Bears' Picnic, Tequila Samba, Two for the Price of One, Viva la Musica

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Voicing: Mixed 5-8 Parts | 6603b | Songbook | $23.45 | A Cappella


Walter Ehret : Let There Be Song : SSA : 01 Songbook : 075638

Walter Ehret : Let There Be Song

A classic collection for three part treble voices from Walter Ehret. Active as a clinician, conductor, and choral literature specialist, Ehret has functioned in these various capacities at over three hundred workshops in thirty states.

Songlist: Adoramus Te, Christe, Ave Maria, He Never Said A Mumbalin' Word, He's Gone Away, Joseph Dearest, Joseph Mine, Lift Thine Eyes (Elijah), O Mary, Don't You Weep , On Wings Of Songs, Open Thy Blue Eyes, Sourwood Mountain, Wassail Song, Whistle, Mary Whistle

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Voicing: SSA | 7055b | Songbook | $6.95


Richard Johnston (editor) : Folk Songs North America Sings : Solo : Songbook : 073999809046 : 1458424871 : 50480904

Richard Johnston (editor) : Folk Songs North America Sings

This superb 382-page resource contains more than 350 North American folk songs, carefully sequenced both rhythmically and melodically for use with the Kodály method, which is based on authentic Hungarian folk music. The collection features information about solfege, form, phrase, length, range, rhythmic construction, and more.

Songlist: Jubilee, 1 2 3, Ah Vous Dirai-Je, Maman? (Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star), Animal Song, Frog Went A-Courtin', Poor Wayfaring Stranger, Christus Natus Hodie, Goodbye, Old Paint, All The Pretty Little Horses, Let Me Fly, Cumberland Gap, On Springfield Mountain, Jesus Born In Beth'ny, Alphabet Song, I Wonder As I Wander, Daddy Shot A Bear, Down In The Valley, Soldier Boy, Little Bird, Skip To My Lou, Mary Had A Little Lamb, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, Pretty Saro, London Bridge, The Farmer In The Dell, Hickory Dickory Dock, I Got A Letter This Morning, Riding In A Buggy, Awake, (Go Tell Aunt Rhody) The Ole Grey Goose Is Dead, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 2577b | Songbook | $49.00 | Voice and Piano


Various : American Folksongs & Spirituals : Solo : 01 Songbook : 073999207965 : 0793559219 : 00310138

Various : American Folksongs & Spirituals

75 songs of American heritage, including: All The Pretty Little Horses - Arkansas Traveler - Aura Lee - Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair - The Blue Tail Fly - Buffalo Gals (Won't You Come Out Tonight) - Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie - Cotton Eyed Joe - Deep River - Down In The Valley - The Drunken Sailor - Git Along, Little Doggies - Home On The Range - Hush, Little Baby - I've Been Working On The Railroad - Joshua (Fit The Battle Of Jericho) - Never Said A Mumblin' Word - Oh! Susanna - Old Joe Clark - The Red River Valley - She'll Be Comin' Round The Mountain - Shenandoah - Simple Gifts - Steal Away - The Streets Of Laredo - Wayfaring Stranger - and many more!

Songlist: Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, Poor Wayfaring Stranger, The Wabash Cannon Ball, Somebody's Knockin' At Your Door, Soon I Will Be Done (Trouble Of The World), Steal Away (Steal Away To Jesus), This Little Light Of Mine, Simple Gifts, The Lonesome Road, All My Trials, All The Pretty Little Horses, Frankie And Johnny, Deep River, Down In The Valley, Skip To My Lou, Turkey In The Straw, Animal Fair, Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen, When The Saints Go Marching In, Arkansas Traveler, Home On The Range, I've Been Working On The Railroad, Yankee Doodle Boy, Aura Lee, Standin' In The Need Of Prayer (Standing In The Need Of Prayer), Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child, There Is A Balm In Gilead, The Red River Valley, John Henry, Shoo Fly, Don't Bother Me, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 20381b | Songbook | $12.95 | PVG


Individual Folios

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Sourwood Mountain : SSAA : Timothy Howard : Appalachian Folk Song : Songbook : 00117251 : 884088886707

Timothy Howard : Sourwood Mountain

Dr. Timothy Howard from Cal State University Northridge has arranged this enchanting Appalachian folk song for SSA Treble choir. He captures the open-string character sensationally well - there is a Copland-esque quality to the entire setting. Destined to be a favorite for high school and college choirs everywhere.

Arranger: Timothy Howard | Composer: Appalachian Folk Song | Country: Appalachia

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $2.10 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00117251


Sourwood Mountain : 2-Part : Victor C Johnson : Victor C Johnson : Sheet Music : 15-2064H : 000308102017

Victor C Johnson : Sourwood Mountain

"Hey deing dang diddle ally day!" Get ready for some folk song fun with this clever setting of the American folk song favorite! The accompaniment is rhythmically inviting, exuding delightful textures, yet supportive and accessible. A superb choice for young choirs.

Composer: Victor C Johnson

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $1.85 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 15-2064H


Sourwood Mountain : SATB : Ruth Elaine Schram : Sheet Music : 00-SVM05023 : 654979088448

Ruth Elaine Schram : Sourwood Mountain

Our American folk heritage provides us with an extraordinary array of wonderful song repertoire. Ruthie Schram provides this exceptional arrangement of "Sourwood Mountain" that will be a welcome addition to any program. It's fun to sing!

Arranger: Ruth Elaine Schram | Country: American Folk

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.60 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-SVM05023 | Showtrax CD Available


Sourwood Mountain : 3-Part Mixed : Ruth Elaine Schram : Sheet Music : 00-SVM05024 : 654979088455

Ruth Elaine Schram : Sourwood Mountain

Our American folk heritage provides us with an extraordinary array of wonderful song repertoire. Ruthie Schram provides this exceptional arrangement of "Sourwood Mountain" that will be a welcome addition to any program. It's fun to sing!

Arranger: Ruth Elaine Schram | Country: American Folk

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Voicing: 3-Part Mixed | Sheet Music | $1.60 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-SVM05024 | Showtrax CD Available


Sourwood Mountain : 2-Part : Ruth Elaine Schram : Sheet Music : 00-SVM05025 : 654979088462

Ruth Elaine Schram : Sourwood Mountain

Our American folk heritage provides us with an extraordinary array of wonderful song repertoire. Ruthie Schram provides this exceptional arrangement of "Sourwood Mountain" that will be a welcome addition to any program. It's fun to sing!

Arranger: Ruth Elaine Schram | Country: American Folk

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $1.60 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-SVM05025 | Showtrax CD Available


Sourwood Mountain : TBB : Ruth Elaine Schram : Sheet Music : 00-SVM05026 : 654979088479

Ruth Elaine Schram : Sourwood Mountain

Our American folk heritage provides us with an extraordinary array of wonderful song repertoire. Ruthie Schram provides this exceptional arrangement of "Sourwood Mountain" that will be a welcome addition to any program. It's fun to sing!

Arranger: Ruth Elaine Schram | Country: American Folk

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Voicing: TBB | Sheet Music | $1.60 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-SVM05026 | Showtrax CD Available

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