Program 5: War Cries

Throughout our history, America has gone to war with bravado and with anguish.  Songs have helped shape those emotions, and express them—inspiring us to battle, sustaining our courage, giving us a way to lament our losses.

Song listings with composer / poet, performers, CD label, and CD number:

In Flanders Fields
from Three Songs of the War
Charles Ives / John McCrae
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Wolfram Rieger, piano
Recital, Portland, Oregon. 2009

A Song on Liberty (Free America)
Traditional / Joseph Warren
Sherrill Milnes, baritone; Jon Spong, harpsichord
New World Records 80276

Bunker Hill (The American Hero)
Andrew Law / Nathaniel Niles
The Western Wind ensemble: William Zukof, William Lyon Lee, Lawrence Bennett, Elliot Z. Levine, and Raymond Murcell, singers; Paul Fleischer, piccolo; Allen Herman, snare drum

The Star Spangled Banner
John Stafford Smith / Francis Scott Key
Reinald Werrenrath, baritone; orchestra conducted by Josef Pasternack
No recording information

Battle Hymn of the Republic
att. William Steffe / Julia Ward Howe
Louise Homer, contralto; orchestra conducted by Nathaniel Shilkret
Romophone 87002-2

Daniel Decatur Emmett / Daniel Decatur Emmett
Mary Lewis, soprano; orchestra conducted by Rosario Bourdon
Marston 52047-2

All Quiet Along the Potomac Tonight
John Hill Hewitt / Ethel Lynn Eliot Beers
John Aler, tenor; Lawrence Skrobacs, piano
New World Records 80202

Over There
George M. Cohan / George M. Cohan
Norah Bayes, singer; orchestra conducted by Josef Pasternack
Archeophone 5007

He is There!
from Three Songs of the War
Charles Ives / John McCrae
Samuel Ramey, bass-baritone; Warren Jones, piano
Argo 125294

Shiloh–A Requiem
from Soldier Songs
Hugo Weisgall / Herman Melville
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Wolfram Rieger, piano
Orfeo d’Or C707062

So Pretty
Leonard Bernstein / Betty Comden and Adolf Green
Roberta Alexander, soprano; Tan Crone, piano

Night Battle
from War Scenes
Ned Rorem / Walt Whitman
Donald Gramm, baritone; Eugene Istomin, piano
PHCD 116

When Johnny Comes Marching Home
from Winds of Destiny: American Songbook IV
Words and music by Patrick S. Gilmore, arranged by George Crumb
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Gilbert Kalish, piano; David Cossin, Haruka Fujii, Ayano Kataoka, Jeffrey Milarsky, percussionists
Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society concert, April 2011



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