Program 4: Many Are the Voices

Many Americans have had to raise their voices to be recognized or even heard in America. In this program, we hear songs of African Americans and Native Americans; women, immigrants, and war resisters; and voices from the labor movement and the gay rights movement.


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

Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing
John Rosamond Johnson, arr. by William Grant Still / James Weldon Johnson
Robert Honeysucker, baritone; Videmus chamber ensemble
New World Records 80399

Song for a Dark Girl
from My Dark Hands
Hermann Reutter / Langston Hughes
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Malcolm Martineau, piano
Orfeo d’Or C 707 062

from Shadow of the Blues
John Musto / Langston Hughes
Paul Sperry, tenor; Irma Vallecillo, piano
Albany Records TROY 081.

Inketunga's Thunder Song
from Three Indian Songs
Arthur Farwell / Arthur Farwell
William Parker, baritone; William Huckaby, piano
New World Records 80463

The Indians
Charles Ives / Charles James Sprague
Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano
Teldec/Warner Classics 2564-60297-2

The Ballad of Ira Hayes
Peter LaFarge / Peter LaFarge
Pete Seeger, singer and guitar
FW 3044

Within Thy Heart
Amy Marcy Beach / Amy March Beach
Patrick Mason, baritone; Joanne Polk, piano
Bridge 9182

Chinaman, Laundryman
from Two Ricercari
Ruth Crawford Seeger / H. T. Tsiang
Lucy Shelton, soprano; Reinbert de Leeuw, piano
DG 000289 449 9252 6

Joe Hill
Earl Robinson / Alfred Hayes
Paul Robeson, bass-baritone; Alan Booth, piano
MCD (or MON) 61580

Joe Worker
from the film soundtrack for Cradle Will Rock
Marc Blitzstein / Marc Blitzstein
Audra McDonald, soprano; Steven Tyler, piano
BMG 902700

The Real War Will Never Get in the Books
from War Scenes
Ned Rorem / Walt Whitman
Donald Gramm, bass-baritone; Eugene Istomin, piano
PHCD 116

Official Notice
from The Face of War
Elie Siegmeister / Langston Hughes
Esther Hinds, soprano; Alan Mandel, piano

from The AIDS Quilt Songbook
Donald Wheelock / Susan Snively
William Parker, baritone; Alan Marks, piano
Harmonia 907602

We Two Boys Together Clinging
from Whitman Songs
Michael Tilson Thomas / Walt Whitman
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Craig Rutenberg, piano
EMI 7243 5 55028 2 7

Oh, Freedom
Odetta, singer
Rykodisc 1004 (1996 CD) or V.I. Music 450661 (2005 CD)