Song of America: Telling the Story of American Culture is a production of The Hampsong Foundation. It was produced by Miriam Lewin of Lavine Production Group, with camera and editing by Randi Cecchine. Our thanks to singers Catherine Swindle, Nita Baxani, and Justin Austin; pianist and composer Richard Pearson Thomas; the Stephen Gaynor School in New York City; and the staff at Teachers College, Columbia University.
WelcomeWe invite performers, educators, and all lovers of song to explore connections between poetry and music, between history and culture, through the work of American composers and poets. Song of America is a database resource where you can listen to songs, read their texts, learn more about them (and the composers, poets, and eras connected to them), find scores, and link to other resources. Major projects within Song of America include the Song of America Radio Series and Song of America For Educators. Song of America is a project of The Hampsong Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to promoting intercultural dialogue and understanding through the art of song.
Laitman's oeuvre of over 200 art songs spans the breadth of American literature, from Emily Dickinson to contemporary poets. Her songs are widely performed, and she has received countless commissions to write vocal music, especially song cycles, for which she is particularly talented.
Photo: Lori Laitman, Photo credit: Christian Steiner, www.artsongs.com
Considered the first important African-American poet, Paul Laurence Dunbar wrote in a vernacular style in most of his poetry. He was equally accomplished writing in standard English, publishing traditional novels, short stories, essays as well as poems of this style.
Image: Paul Laurence Dunbar, sketch, public domain
- Dan Tolly! Up to 400 music teachers from throughout the city will learn about Song of America and how to use our resources in their classroom.
- “Song is a metaphor of the imagination,” says America’s foremost baritone Thomas Hampson. “It is poetic thought encapsulated in music. Poetry is driven by the basic instinct to tell the story of existence, and American poetry explores the cultural roots of our nation.” To empower all of those affected and inspired by song, Hampson makes a further offering: the Hampsong Foundation.
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Featured BookA New Anthology of Art Songs By Contemporary African American Composers Margaret R. Simmons and Jeanine Wagner
Featured ESSAYW.E.B. Du Bois Hampson & Verdino-Süllwold
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