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.
Margaret Ruthven Lang was an American composer of songs, solo piano, chamber, choral and symphonic pieces. A member of the Second New England School, she has the distinction of being the first woman composer to have a composition performed by a major American symphony orchestra. Though she destroyed most of her works, her songs, an American treasure, survive in libraries and collections throughout the country.
Though best known for her work as a writer and autobiographer, Maya Angelou was a Renaissance woman, having found success as a singer, dancer, actor, composer, and (first female black) director.
Photo: Maya Angelou, full length portrait, facing front, dressed for her part in the Caribbean Calypso Festival, 1957, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Digital ID: cph 3c17256
The internationally renowned operatic baritone Thomas Hampson explores the power of classic American songs as the gateway for a richer knowledge of the cultures, languages, peoples, and events that have shaped American life.
The workshop will include a full complement of activities: sessions exploring both content and pedagogical strategies, a conversation with Hampson about his passion for telling the story of history and culture through classic song, and a special live performance focusing on songs related to the material covered in the workshop.
This workshop is ideal for Language Arts, History, Social Studies, and Performing Arts teachers.
On February 5, 2014, the Library of Congress launched "Songs of America", a web presentation which brings forward 80,000 digitized, curated items including maps, recordings, videos, sheet music, essays, biographies, curator talks and more to explore America’s history through the prism of song.
The free online presentation lets visitors explore American history as documented in the work of some of our country's greatest composers, poets, scholars and performers. The searchable artifacts in the presentation are part of the Library of Congress' unprecedented collection.
The Hampsong Foundation deeply supports the efforts of the Library of Congress, and is grateful to the institution for having created a presentation facilitating access to the priceless artifacts. The Hampsong Foundation will continue its mutual efforts with the Library of Congress to bring classic art song of America into a larger cultural context to tell the story of America and Americans.
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Featured BookA New Anthology of Art Songs By Contemporary African American Composers Margaret R. Simmons and Jeanine Wagner
Featured ESSAYW.E.B. Du Bois Hampson & Verdino-Süllwold
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