War Cries

Throughout our history, America has gone to war with bravado and with anguish. Songs have helped shape those emotions, and express them—inspiring us to battle, sustaining our courage, giving us a way to lament our losses.

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Song Listing

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

In Flanders Fields

Charles Ives

John McCrae

Thomas Hampson, baritone; Wolfram Rieger, piano

Record#: Recital in Portland, Oregon, 2009

Song Collection: Three Songs of the War

A Song of Liberty (op. 49)

Amy Marcy Beach

Frank Lebby Stanton

Record#: New World Records 80276 (Sherrill Milnes, baritone; Jon Spong, harpsichord)

Bunker Hill

Andrew Law

Nathaniel Niles

Record#: WW1776 (The Western Wind ensemble: William Zukof, William Lyon Lee, Lawrence Bennett, Elliot Z. Levine, and Raymond Murcell, singers; Paul Fleischer, piccolo; Allen Herman, snare drum)

The Star-Spangled Banner

John Stafford Smith

Francis Scott Key

Record#: No recording information (Reinald Werrenrath, baritone; orchestra conducted by Josef Pasternack)

The Battle Hymn of the Republic

Julia Ward Howe

Record#: Romophone 87002-2 (Louise Homer, contralto; orchestra conducted by Nathaniel Shilkret)


Daniel Decatur Emmett

Daniel Decatur Emmett

Record#: Marston 52047-2 (Mary Lewis, soprano; orchestra conducted by Rosario Bourdon)

All Quiet along the Potomac Tonight

John Hill Hewitt

Ethel Lynn Beers

Record#: New World Records 80202 (John Aler, tenor; Lawrence Skrobacs, piano)

Over There

George M. Cohan

George M. Cohan

Record#: Archeophone 5007 (Norah Bayes, singer; orchestra conducted by Josef Pasternack Norah Bayes, singer; orchestra conducted by Josef Pasternack)

He Is There!

Charles Ives

John McCrae

Record#: Argo 125294 (Samuel Ramey, bass-baritone; Warren Jones, piano)

Song Collection: Three Songs of the War

Shiloh: A Requiem

Hugo Weisgall

Herman Melville

Record#: Orfeo d'Or C707062 (Thomas Hampson, baritone; Wolfram Rieger, piano)

Song Collection: Soldier Songs

So Pretty

Leonard Bernstein

Record#: KTC-1037 (Roberta Alexander, soprano; Tan Crone, piano)

A Night Battle

Ned Rorem

Walt Whitman

Record#: PHCD 116 (Donald Gramm, baritone; Eugene Istomin, piano)

Song Collection: War Scenes

When Johnny Comes Marching Home

George Crumb

Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore

Thomas Hampson, baritone, and members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center


Song Collection: The Winds of Destiny: American Songbook IV