Program 13: Places That Sing To Us

There are places in the American landscape that are part of our collective consciousness, thanks to music. In this program, we listen to songs that have helped shape the way we see our country.


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

My Native Land
Charles Ives / Charles Ives adaptation of Heinrich Heine
William Sharp, baritone; Steven Blier, piano
Albany Records TROY 077

A Life in the West
Henry Russell / George Pope Morris
Clifford Jackson, baritone; Peter Basquin, piano
New World Records 80251

Home on the Range
Daniel Kelley, arranged by David Wendel Guion / Dr. Brewster Higley
John Charles Thomas, baritone; orchestra conducted by Nathaniel Shilkret
Nimbus NI 7838

Erie Canal
Roger Ames, arr. / Traditional
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Armen Guzelimian, piano
EMI Classics 41645 2 8

My Old Kentucky Home
Stephen Foster / Stephen Foster
Marian Anderson, contralto; Victor Symphony Orchestra conducted by C. O’Connell
Magnum Music MCCD

Sugar in the Cane
from Blue Mountain Ballads
Paul Bowles / Tennessee Williams
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Craig Rutenberg, piano
THM 5432

Knoxville: Summer of 1915 (first movement)
Samuel Barber / James Agee
Leontyne Price, soprano; Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Thomas Schippers
RCA Victor 61983

Hell in Texas
Steven Mark Kohn / Traditional
Andrew Garland, baritone; Donna Loewy, piano
Azica B001AGNMBW

The Boatmen’s Dance
from Old American Songs, Set 1
Daniel Decatur Emmett, arranged by Aaron Copland / Daniel Decatur Emmett
Thomas Hampson, baritone; St. Paul Chamber Orchestra conducted by Hugh Wolff
Teldec 77310-2

River Chanty
from Huckleberry Finn or Raft on the River
Kurt Weill / Maxwell Anderson (based on Mark Twain)
Steven Kimbrough, baritone; Dalton Baldwin, piano
Arabesque Z6579

The Housatonic at Stockbridge
Charles Ives / Robert Underwood Johnson
Jan DeGaetani, mezzo-soprano; Gilbert Kalish, piano
Nonesuch 71325

The Lordly Hudson
Ned Rorem / Paul Goodman
Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano
Erato 80222

Stephen White, arr. / Traditional
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Wolfram Rieger, piano
TH 5432; track 5