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PublisherG Schirmer Inc
For soprano soloist & SATB chorus a cappella. Traditional texts: 1. Copper Kettle 2. Wildwood Flower 3. Long Black Veil. These were meant to be simple arrangements of three Appalachian folk songs, but they turned out to be rather intricate. "Copper Kettle," is a deliciously comic moonshiner's manifesto, in which the chorus themselves become the burbling still, the stealthy loggers, the drunken townsfolk. "Wildwood Flower," a lament so unguarded it stops the breath, needed only the plainest triads to frame it; but "Long Black Veil," a deadpan confession from beyond the grave of how his married lover, by keeping silent, sent him wrongly to the gallows includes the vengeful prosecutors, the whistling winds, and the deranged vocalise of the guilty woman. — Mark Adamo