RADIO SERIES

Program 1: American Characters

Songs about real and fictional characters in American history, including poets, preachers, and a president. The program introduces topics heard throughout the series.

 

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

My Days Have Been So Wondrous Free
Francis Hopkinson / Thomas Parnell    
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Wolfram Rieger, piano
THM 5432

Willie We Have Missed You
Stephen Foster / Stephen Foster            
Rosalind Rees, soprano; David Starobin, guitar
Vox Allegretto 8167

Ethiopia Saluting the Colors
Henry T. Burleigh / Walt Whitman           
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Craig Rutenberg, piano
EMI/Angel 0946 3 341645 2 8

Danny Deever
Walter Damrosch / Rudyard Kipling         
David Bispham, baritone; unknown pianist
Recording information unavailable

The Dodger
from Old American Songs, Set 1
Aaron Copland, arr. / Traditional
William Warfield, baritone; Aaron Copland, piano
Sony 7464-60899-2

General William Booth Enters Into Heaven
Vachel Lindsay reading his own poem
Caedmon/TC 1041

General William Booth Enters Into Heaven
Sidney Homer / Vachel Lindsay  
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Craig Rutenberg, piano
THM 5432

Charlie Rutlage
Charles Ives / Traditional              
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Craig Rutenberg, piano
Ravinia 2009 recital recording

Song of the Deathless Voice
from Three Indian Songs
Arthur Farwell / Arthur Farwell
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Craig Rutenberg, piano
Ravinia 2009 recital recording

A Working Woman
from Songs from Letters
Libby Larsen / Martha Jane Canary        
Terry Rhodes, soprano; Benton Hess, piano
Albany Records TROY 634

Why Do They Shut Me Out of Heaven?
from Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson
Aaron Copland / Emily Dickinson           
Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano; David Zobel, piano
Eloquentia 504

Madam and the Census Man
from Madam to You
Elie Siegmeister / Langston Hughes       
Esther Hinds, soprano; Alan Mandel, piano
CRI 814

Richard Cory
John Duke / Edwin Arlington Robinson 
Donald Gramm, baritone; Donald Hassard, piano
New World Records 80243

Letter to Mrs. Bixby
from Letters from Lincoln
Michael Daugherty / Abraham Lincoln   
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Craig Rutenberg, piano
Ravinia 2009 recital recording