Song of the Deathless Voice

(1908)

In 1908, Farwell composed Three Indian Songs, op. 32, based on the piano solos contained in his earlier American Indian Melodies. “Song of the Deathless Voice” is the first song in the collection.

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The audio recording, provided in the audio player to the right, features Thomas Hampson, baritone, and Craig Rutenberg, piano. This song was recorded for Instant Encore as part of American Public Media's Performance Today series, presented by Classical Minnesota Public Radio. To listen, please click on the track name itself. You can download a recording of this entire recital for free through the Instant Encore website with the download code: THSOA2009.

Farwell published American Indian Melodies in 1901, in his recently founded Wa-Wan Press, a publication dedicated strictly to American contemporary music. Scored for piano solo, American Indian Melodies contains Farwell’s arrangements of ten melodies that were transcribed from the songs of the Omaha tribe and preserved in Alice C. Fletcher’s Indian Story and Song from North America (1900).


Song of the Deathless Voice
by Arthur Farwell
words adapted from the “Indian”


Hi-dho ho!
Behold, here a warrior fighting fell,
A warrior's death died.
Hear, O hear,
There was joy in his voice,
Joy in his voice as he fell,
Ha-he dho-ee dha hey ee dho-ee.
Ah he dho he dho.
Behold, here a warrior fighting fell,
A warrior's death died.
Hear, O hear,
There was joy in his voice,
Joy in his voice as he fell,
Ha-he dho ee dha hey dho-ee.


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