Arthur Frackenpohl, composer
This delightful and charming suite based on four American folk songs
that use "blue notes" (flatted third, sixth, and seventh degrees
of the major scale). Each folk song is unique. "He’s Gone Away"
lyrically tells a tale of loneliness while "John Henry" is
jazzily powerful and ironic. "Go Away from My Window" is a slow,
love lament, a folk song from the Ozarks, while "Mama Don’t
Allow" is a fast swinging "bass slappin’" dance. This is
light-hearted music with jazz and American spiritual idiomsa tasty
bit of American folklore.