Simple Gifts (arr. Aaron Copland, Sung by Bethan Mathis)

Simple Gifts is a Shaker song that uses a traditional melody. What I have done is rendered an arrangement of the orchestral version from Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland and asked Bethan Mathis to sing the Shaker lyrics. Technically the goal was to attempt to put Bethan “into the orchestra”. I think that goal was met fairly well. I would be interested in your opinion on meeting that goal as well.

Many thanks to Bethan for taking on this project.

And if I do have a guilty pleasure it would be Aaron Copland’s music – compared to the other 20th century composers I admire (like Charles Ives or Carl Ruggles )I find Aaron often speaks to my serenity. The music of course belongs to Aaron.

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