Over the course of the 20th century, our classical singers were enthusiastic advocates for songs by American composers. In this program, we hear the music they brought to far-flung audiences through recitals, phonograph records and radio broadcasts.
Program details (song, composer/poet and performers):
Henry Gilbert / Robert Louis Stevenson
David Bispham, baritone; pianist unknown.
Long Ago, Sweetheart Mine from Four Songs
Edward MacDowell / Edward MacDowell
Alma Gluck, soprano; Rosario Bourdon, piano.
Sidney Homer / William Ernest Henley
Louise Homer, contralto; Victor Orchestra, conductor unknown.
The Monk and His Cat from Hermit Songs
Samuel Barber / Anonymous 8th or 9th century, translated by W. H. Auden
Leontyne Price, soprano; Samuel Barber, piano.
The Home Road
John Alden Carpenter / John Alden Carpenter
Ernestine Schmann-Heink, contralto; Katherine Hoffman, piano.
Go Down, Moses
Henry T. Burleigh, arr. / Traditional
Roland Hayes, tenor; Lawrence Brown, piano.
Will o’ the Wisp
Charles Gilbert Spross / Torrence Benjamin
Marian Anderson, contralto; Franz Rupp, piano.
On the Road to Mandalay
Oley Speaks / Rudyard Kipling
Lawrence Tibbett, baritone; Stewart Wille, piano.
Stephen Foster / Stephen Foster
Robert Merrill, baritone; Leila Edwards, piano.
Charles Wakefield Cadman / Nelle Richmond Eberhart
Paul Robeson, bass-baritone; orchestra conducted by Walter Goehr.
The Bluebird of Happiness
Sandor Harmati / Edward Heyman, with additional words by Harry Parr Davies
Jan Peerce, tenor; RCA Victor Orchestra, Sylvan Levin, conductor.
Oscar Rasbach / Joyce Kilmer
Nelson Eddy,baritone; Columbia Concert Orchestra, Leon Arnaud conductor.
Katherine Kennicott Davis / Rosemary Benét
Eleanor Steber, soprano; Edwin Biltcliffe, piano.
Zion’s Walls from Old American Songs, Set 2
Aaron Copland, arr. / Original melody and words credited to John G. McCurry
William Warfield, baritone; Aaron Copland, piano.
Let It Be Forgotten from Three Early Songs
George Crumb / Sara Teasdale
Jan DeGaetani, mezzo-soprano; Gilbert Kalish, piano.