Song of America: Telling the Story of American Culture is a production of The Hampsong Foundation. It was produced by Miriam Lewin of Lavine Production Group, with camera and editing by Randi Cecchine. Our thanks to singers Catherine Swindle, Nita Baxani, and Justin Austin; pianist and composer Richard Pearson Thomas; the Stephen Gaynor School in New York City; and the staff at Teachers College, Columbia University.
WelcomeWe invite performers, educators, and 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, read their texts, learn more about them (and the composers, poets, and eras connected to them), find scores, and link to other resources. Major projects within Song of America include the Song of America Radio Series and Song of America For Educators. Song of America is a project of The Hampsong Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to promoting intercultural dialogue and understanding through the art of song.
The first African-American to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Music, George Theophilus Walker is well-known for his winning piece, Lilacs, of 1996. The work is for soprano or tenor and orchestra and sets the text of Walt Whitman.
Photo: George Walker, http://georgetwalker.com
Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993, Toni Morrison is a professor, editor, and novelist. Her most famous novels include Song of Solomon, The Bluest Eye, and Beloved.
Photo: Toni Morrison, http://nobelprize.org
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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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