Champions of American Song

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

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):

Pirate Song
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.

Dearest
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.

Gentle Annie
Stephen Foster / Stephen Foster
Robert Merrill, baritone; Leila Edwards, piano.

At Dawning
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.

Trees
Oscar Rasbach / Joyce Kilmer
Nelson Eddy,baritone; Columbia Concert Orchestra, Leon Arnaud conductor.

Nancy Hanks
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.

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