Rudyard Kipling

British author and poet Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay, but educated in England. He achieved great fame early in his life for his poems, and then became known mostly for his short stories and novels, including The Jungle Book, Kim, Just So Stories, and Captains Courageous.

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    In many of Kipling’s poems he glorified the life of the common soldier, and he came to be seen as the People’s Laureate and the poet of the British Empire. In 1907 he was the first English language writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.

    American composers who have set Kipling’s poems include Henry Burleigh, Walter Damrosch, Percy Grainger, Charles Ives, Ned Rorem, and John Philip Sousa.

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    114 Songs

    Composer(s): Charles Ives

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    "Danny Deever"

    Composer(s): Walter Damrosch

    Voice Type: Baritone

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    Eleven Songs For Voice and Piano, Op. 26

    Composer(s): Arthur Foote

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    Evidence of Things Not Seen

    Composer(s): Ned Rorem

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    Way of the River

    Composer(s): Robert G. Patterson

    Song(s): 1. from “Sun-Down Poem” (Whitman)
    2. Strings in the Earth and Air (Joyce)
    3. Psalm 65:9-12 (Douay-Rheims)
    4. from “The Elephant's Child” (Kipling)
    5. The Ballad of Poor Susan (Wordsworth) Interlude
    6. The River/Deep River (Teasdale/Anonymous)

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