W. H. Auden

English poet W. H. Auden was an important influence on many American composers, including Samuel Barber, Lukas Foss, Ned Rorem, Leo Smit, and Louise Talma. He was also a friend and collaborator of British composer Benjamin Britten and Russian composer Igor Stravinsky.

Photo: W. H. Auden, 1959, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

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Born in England, W. H. Auden permanently left for the United States in 1939 and became and American citizen, right at the outbreak of World War II.

Music was a major influence on Auden’s poetry. In the words of Jeremy Robson: “The influence of music on Auden’s verse . . . has always been salient: even his worst lines often ‘sound’ impressive.” (Encounter)

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Books

Collected Poems (W. H. Auden)

By W. H. Auden

The Cambridge Companion to W. H. Auden

By Stan Smith, ed.

Songs

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    Collected Songs Volumes (Musto)

    Composer(s): John Musto

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    Collected Songs Volumes (Musto)

    Composer(s): John Musto

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    John Duke Song Collections

    Composer(s): John Duke

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    Poems of Love and Rain

    Composer(s): Ned Rorem

    Voice Type: Medium

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