Landscape - From the Train


"Landscape - From the Train" is the first movement of Libby Larsen's song cycle My Ántonia.


The audio recording of "Landscape - From the Train" from My Ántonia, provided in the audio playlist to the right, is made possible through a collaboration between the Hampsong Foundation and SongFest. The performers are Danya Katok, soprano, and Dimitri Dover, piano, and the performance took place at SongFest 2012 at the Colburn School. To listen, please click on the track name itself.

From My Ántonia
by Willa Cather

We were talking about what it was like to be a child
in a little prairie town
buried in wheat
in burning summers
beneath a brilliant sky

As the train flashed,
We were talking about (childhood in a little prairie town)
blustery winters
nothing but snow
and the feeling that the world was left behind

As the train flashed
We were talking
about windy springs
(and) blazing summers
and fall afternoons (when) the...prairie was like the bush
that burned with fire

(Oh!) I wish I could be a little boy again!

As the train flashed
We were talking
(of prairie towns
and boyhood
and Ántonia, my Ántonia!)


Audio PLaylist