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Exploring the often surprising links between concepts, themes and people in classical music, from medieval to modern
Saturday, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.Rebroadcast Sunday, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.on Music Station
Walt Whitman portrait by Thomas Eakins
"I sing...the body electric," "a song of myself, "a song of joys," "a song of occupations," "a song of the broad-axe," "a song of the rolling earth," "a song of the universal..."
For Walt Whitman--the most influential American poet of the 19th century--music was a central force in his life and work—and so his poetry’s appeal to composers should come as no surprise. But they have responded to more than his passion for song. They also find inspiration in his democratic spirit, his sensuality, his grief in the face of war, and his mystic vision.
In this hour, Whitman settings by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Frederick Delius, Kurt Weill, Howard Hanson, John Adams, and Leonard Bernstein.
Celluloid Copland (for promo/opening music
To the Soul
Thomas Hampson, Craig Rutenberg
Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem, Toward the Unknown Region
Corydon Orchestra and Singers, Matthew Best.
Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem, etc
Bournemouth Symphony, Bach Choir, Winchester Cathedral Choristers, Matthew Brook, David Hill,
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox.
Chandos CHAN 9214
Music of Howard Hanson
Delos DE 3705
Hanson Conducts Hanson
Eastman School of Music Chorus, and Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Howard Hanson
Mercury 432 008-2
Shaker Loops [for “The Wound Dresser”]
Nathan Gunn, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop
The Pity of War [for “Dirge for Two Veterans”]
Mark Padmore, with Iain Burnside, piano
BBC Music MM235
Symphony No. 1 (A Sea Symphony)
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Robert Spano
November 11, 2023
December 2, 2023
November 4, 2023