WelcomeWe invite all lovers of song to explore connections between poetry and music, between history and culture, through the work of American composers and poets. Song of America is a database resource where you can listen to songs, learn more about them, read their lyrics, find scores, and link to relevant Web sites. For the most updated information about the Song of America radio series, click here: Song of America Radio Series.
The first black guest to play with the Chicago Symphony, Margaret Bonds was an accomplished pianist as well as composer and teacher.
Photo: Margaret Bonds, photograph by Carl van Vechten, 1956
The poetry of the “Bard of Democracy,” as America came to call our great poet Walt Whitman, is filled with music--melodic phrases, lyrical imagery, cadences that build and reverberate. Composers around the world have responded to Whitman’s vast canon of poems, giving us settings that number 1,200 (and counting).
- the Colburn School, featuring song settings of poetry by the great American writers Walt Whitman and Langston Hughes. Join us for this free, day-long event!
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Featured BookA New Anthology of Art Songs By Contemporary African American Composers Margaret R. Simmons and Jeanine Wagner
Featured ESSAYHarlem Renaissance Hampson & Verdino-Süllwold
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- Interviews & Programs Explore American song with experts in the field while listening to excerpts and entire programs in this section of the Media Room. View Media