• "Setting the Historical Record, Song by Song," The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 5, 2012

    By Pia Catton

    Learning American history by listening to music may sound like a short cut, but when the teacher is opera star Thomas Hampson, it's more of a highbrow leg-up.


  • Music from the New and Old Worlds

    By Stefan Drees

    While American culture developed primarily in conformity with European standards during the 19th century, native elements began to receive attention in Europe beginning in the early 20th.


  • Pearl Harbor Music: Weill and Schoenberg

    By Joe Horowitz

    Of the distinguished refugee composers chased to the US by Hitler, two - Kurt Weill and Arnold Schoenberg - so memorably responded to Pearl Harbor that one is tempted to surmise that no American-born composer could have reacted with such exigent fervor to the Japanese attack.


  • Song In American History And Culture

    By Deane L. Root

    Song in Walt Whitman’s America was an everyday affair, and it remains so today. His praise is not of humming, nor of half-remembered ballads, but of full-throated songs. The rhythm of work, or nurturing care, of playtime throbbed to the sound of song throughout life and across society’s many constituent parts.


  • Song of America: Diary of a Nation

    By Thomas Hampson

    “America” has always meant different things to different people. The American poetic tradition is a particularly rich narration of our people and of becoming a culture--a culture chiseled with a fierce independence of mind and heart and soul unmistakably grounded in the very myriad of racial heritages from which it was born.