A. E. Housman

British writer A. E. Housman is an important figure in the history of American song. His texts have been set to music by dozens of American composers, most notably Ernst Bacon, Samuel Barber, Marc Blitzstein, John Duke, Jake Heggie, and George Walker.

Photo: A. E. Housman, 1910, public domain

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Born in Fockbury, Worcestershire (England), A. E. Housman was a distinguished professor of the classics, first at University College (London) and then at Trinity College (Cambridge).

He was also the author of two popular books of poetry: A Shropshire Lad (1896) and Last Poems (1922). A Shropshire Lad was not popular at first, but at the dawning of World War I, the volume gained in popularity due to its “nostalgic depiction of brave English soldiers.” Housman’s popularity can also be traced to the various composers who set his poetry to music.

–Christie Finn Source: The Academy of American Poets

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Books

A Shropshire Lad and Other Poems: The Collected Poems of A. E. Housman (Penguin Classics)

By A. E. Housman

Songs

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

Far in a Western Brookland

Libby Larsen

A. E. Housman

Five Songs from "A Shropshire Lad"

Song Collection

Bob Scher

A. E. Housman

From Far, From Eve and Morning

Marc Blitzstein

A. E. Housman

Into My Heart, Op. 54, no. 1

Margaret Ruthven Lang

A. E. Housman

Into My Heart an Air

Marc Blitzstein

A. E. Housman

Into My Heart an Air That Kills

Bob Scher

A. E. Housman

Song Collection: Five Songs from "A Shropshire Lad"

Is My Team Ploughing?

Bob Scher

A. E. Housman

Song Collection: Five Songs from "A Shropshire Lad"

Loveliest of Trees, the Cherry Now

Bob Scher

A. E. Housman

Song Collection: Five Songs from "A Shropshire Lad"

Quiet Airs

Song Collection

Ernst Bacon

Sara Teasdale

Emily Brontë

Walt Whitman

Robert Herrick

Emily Dickinson

A. E. Housman

William Blake

Reveille

John Woods Duke

A. E. Housman

Stars

Ernst Bacon

A. E. Housman

Song Collection: Quiet Airs

Three Songs, Op. 2

Song Collection

Samuel Barber

James Stephens

A. E. Housman

Tygers of Wrath

Ned Rorem

William Blake

A. E. Housman

Song Collection: Aftermath

When I Was One-and-Twenty

Bob Scher

A. E. Housman

Song Collection: Five Songs from "A Shropshire Lad"

With Rue My Heart is Laden

Bob Scher

A. E. Housman

Song Collection: Five Songs from "A Shropshire Lad"

With Rue My Heart is Laden

George Walker

A. E. Housman

With Rue My Heart is Laden (op. 2, no. 2)

Samuel Barber

A. E. Housman

Song Collection: Three Songs, Op. 2

White in the Moon

Jake Heggie

A. E. Housman

Audio

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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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    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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    The Marc Blitzstein Songbook, Vol. 3

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    John Duke Song Collections

    Composer(s): John Duke

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    The Faces of Love (Book 2)

    Composer(s): Jake Heggie

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