William Blake

William Blake was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognized during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of both the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age.

William Blake in an 1807 portrait by Thomas Phillips.

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Blake’s poetry has been set by dozens of composers. His Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience have inspired generations of American composers, including Ernst Bacon, William Bolcom, George Antheil, John Harbison, Sidney Homer, Frank Lewin, Otto Luening, George Rochberg, Elie Siegmeister, Virgil Thomson, and George Whitefield Chadwick.

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Books

The Complete Poetry and Prose of William Blake

By William Blake

Songs

A Cradle Song

Allen Brings

William Blake

Song Collection: Three Songs of Blake and Donne

A Cradle Song

John Alden Carpenter

William Blake

A River of Honey

Song Collection

Simon Sargon

William Blake

Denise Levertov

Amy Lowell

Aftermath

Song Collection

Ned Rorem

John Scott of Amwell

William Blake

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Richard Eberhart

A. E. Housman

Randall Jarrell

John Hollander

William Shakespeare

Walter Savage Landor

Muriel Rukeyser

And Did Those Feet?

Virgil Thomson

William Blake

Song Collection: Five Songs From William Blake

Echo's Songs

Song Collection

Daron Aric Hagen

Anonymous

William Blake

E. E. Cummings

Benjamin Jonson

Edgar Allan Poe

Kenneth Rexroth

Carl Sandburg

Gertrude Stein

Sara Teasdale

Walt Whitman

For Everything That Lives is Holy

Curtis Bryant

William Blake

Heaven and Earth

Song Collection

Scott Wheeler

William Blake

Innocence and Experience

Song Collection

Frank Lewin

William Blake

Let the Priests

Curtis Bryant

William Blake

Never Pain to Tell Thy Love

Daron Aric Hagen

William Blake

Song Collection: Echo's Songs

Never Seek to Tell Thy Love

Allen Brings

William Blake

Song Collection: Three Songs of Blake and Donne

No. 1. To Morning

Frank Lewin

William Blake

Song Collection: Innocence and Experience

No. 2. Song: How Sweet I Roam'd

Frank Lewin

William Blake

Song Collection: Innocence and Experience

No. 3. Song: Memory, Hither Come

Frank Lewin

William Blake

Song Collection: Innocence and Experience

No. 5. Day

Frank Lewin

William Blake

Song Collection: Innocence and Experience

No. 6. I Saw a Chapel All of Gold

Frank Lewin

William Blake

Song Collection: Innocence and Experience

No. 7. A Divine Image

Frank Lewin

William Blake

Song Collection: Innocence and Experience

No. 9. Night

Frank Lewin

William Blake

Song Collection: Innocence and Experience

Quiet Airs

Song Collection

Ernst Bacon

Sara Teasdale

Emily Brontë

Walt Whitman

Robert Herrick

Emily Dickinson

A. E. Housman

William Blake

Songs of Innocence

Song Collection

Juliana Hall

William Blake

Sound the Flute

Simon Sargon

William Blake

Song Collection: A River of Honey

The Argument

Curtis Bryant

William Blake

The Divine Image

Virgil Thomson

William Blake

Song Collection: Five Songs From William Blake

The Lamb

Ernst Bacon

William Blake

Song Collection: Quiet Airs

The Lamb

Leslie Crabtree

William Blake

The Little Fly

John Alden Carpenter

William Blake

Three Songs of Blake and Donne

Song Collection

Allen Brings

William Blake

The Land of Dreams

Virgil Thomson

William Blake

Song Collection: Five Songs From William Blake

The Little Black Boy

Virgil Thomson

William Blake

Song Collection: Five Songs From William Blake

Tiger! Tiger!

Virgil Thomson

William Blake

Song Collection: Five Songs From William Blake

Tygers of Wrath

Ned Rorem

William Blake

A. E. Housman

Song Collection: Aftermath

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    Aftermath

    Composer(s): Ned Rorem

    Song(s): 1. The Drum
    2. Tygers of Wrath
    3. The Fury of the Aerial Bombardment
    4. The Park
    5. Sonnet LXIV
    6. On his Seventy-Fifth Birthday
    7. Grief
    8. Remorse for Any Death
    9. Losses
    10. Then

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    Echo's Songs

    Composer(s): Daron Aric Hagen

    Song(s): 1. Never Pain to Tell Thy Love
    2. I Am Not Yours
    3. A Dream Within a Dream
    4. Echo's Song
    5. I Am Rose
    6. Lost
    7. Why Did You Go
    8. Since You Went Away
    9. Thou Wouldst Be Loved
    10. Look Down, Fair Moon
    11. The Mild Mother

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    Five Songs From William Blake

    Composer(s): Virgil Thomson

    Voice Type: Low

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    Quiet Airs

    Composer(s): Ernst Bacon

    Song(s): 1. Twilight
    2. Gentle Greeting
    3. The Divine Ship
    4. Of Love
    5. Eden
    6. The Little Stone
    7. Fond Affection
    8. Stars
    9. The Heart
    10. Song of Snow-White Heads
    11. The Lamb
    12. To Musique, To Becalme His Fever

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    Songs of John Alden Carpenter (Medium Voice)

    Composer(s): John Alden Carpenter

    Voice Type: Medium

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    "The Little Fly"

    Composer(s): John Alden Carpenter

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