American Song

Main

Francis Hopkinson "My Days have been so wondrous free" published

1759

America's earliest surviving secular composition

Louisiana Purchase

1803

Walt Whitman

1819 - 1892

Emily Dickinson

1830 - 1886

American CIvil War

1861 - 1865

Ellis Island instituted

1892

e. e. cummings

1894 - 1962

Wright Brothers fly airplane

1903

World War I

1914 - 1918

America enters war April of 1917

Stock Market Crash, Great Depression

1929

World War II

1939 - 1945

United States enters war in Dec 1941

McCarthy investigations

1950

Marian Anderson performs at MET

1955

First African American to perform at MET

First US Satellite

1958

Cuban Missile Crisis

1962

Civil Rights Act

1964

50000 march on Pentagon to protest Vietnam

1967

Berlin Wall comes down

1989

Persian Gulf War

1990 - 1991

AIDS Quilt Songbook

1992

Baritone William Parker commissions collection of songs

Sept 11 attacks

2001

War in Iraq begins

2003

Folk Inspired

Shenandoah dates from early part of century

1800

Stephen Foster

1826 - 1864

Beautiful Dreamer
I dream of Jeannie with the light brown hair
The moustache song

Arthur Foote

1853 - 1937

Arthur Farwell

1872 - 1952

Indianist

John Alden Carpenter

1876 - 1951

Charles Wakefield Cadman

1881 - 1946

Indianist
"From the land of the sky blue water"

John Jacob Niles

1892 - 1980

Black is the color of my true love's hair

William Grant Still

1895 - 1978

Celius Dougherty

1902 - 1986

Margaret Bonds

1913 - 1972

"Neo-Romantic"

Richard Hageman

1882 - 1966

Do not go my love

Ernest Charles

1895 - 1984

When I have sung my songs

Ernst Bacon

1898 - 1990

Emily Dickinson settings

John Duke

1899 - 1984

"Luke Havergal"
"in Just-spring"

Aaron Copland

1900 - 1990

American Folk Songs, Books I and II
12 Poems of Emily Dickinson

Theodore Chanler

1902 - 1961

Epitaphs
"I rise when you enter"

Vittorio Giannini

1903 - 1966

"Tell me o blue, blue sky"

Samuel Barber

1910 - 1981

Knoxville Summer of 1915
Hermit Songs
Despite and Still
Dover Beach

David Diamond

1915 - 2005

"David mourns for Absalom"

Gordon Binkerd

1916 - 2003

Robert Ward

1917

Sacred Songs for Pantheists "Intoxication"

Ned Rorem

1923

Nantucket Songs
War Songs
Ariel Songs, Sylvia Plath
Evidence of Things Unseen
Cycle of Holy Songs

Carlisle Floyd

1926

Operas: Susannah, Of Mice and Men

Lee Hoiby

1926 - 2011

The Serpent
Four Poems of Emily Dickinson "There came a wind"
A last letter home

Richard Hundley

1931

Waterbird
The Astronomers
Come ready and see me

Leslie Adams

1932

"For you there is no song"
"Creole Girl"

Modernist

Roger Sessions

1896 - 1985

Henry Cowell

1897 - 1965

Ruth Crawford (Seeger)

1901 - 1953

Elliot Carter

1908 - 2012

"Voyage"

John Cage

1912 - 1992

Songbooks
The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs
The Flowers

Vincent Persichetti

1915 - 1987

Harmonium
A Net of Fireflies
Emily Dickinson

Milton Babbitt

1916 - 2011

Phenomena
Philomel for soprano and recorded sound

Ben Weber

1916 - 1979

The Ways, song cycle

George Rochberg

1918 - 2005

Lukas Foss

1922 - 2009

George Crumb

1929

Apparition
American Songbooks
Madrigals
Songs, Drones, and Refrains of death

Popular Music Inspired

Dudley Buck

1869 - 1941

Marc Blitzstein

1905 - 1964

Zipperfly
Cross over inspiration/Kurt Weill/Cabaret scene

Paul Creston

1906 - 1985

Alec Wilder

1907 - 1980

Blackberry Winter

Paul Bowles

1910 - 1999

Also an author
Morocco Influences
Blue Mountain Ballads of T. Williams

Leonard Bernstein

1918 - 1990

I hate music!
La bonne cuisine

David Baker

1931

Jazz Inspired,
Spiritual Influenced arrangements/Songs

William Bolcom

1938

Cabaret Songs I-IV, Minicabs
I will breath a mountain
Let evening come

Thomas Pasatieri

1945

John Musto

1954

Shadow of the Blues: Litany
Recuerdo

Ricky Ian Gordon

1956

Daybreak in Alabama
I never knew

Jake Heggie

1961

Eclectic Flint
Faces of Love

Gabriel Kahane

1981

Craigslist lieder "Neurotic and Lonely"

Neo-Classical

Virgil Thompson

1896 - 1989

"Priciosilla"
Five Songs of Thomas Hardy

Irving Fine

1914 - 1962

Childhood Fables for Grownups
Mutability for mezzo and piano
Members of "Boston Six"

Eclectic

Charles Ives

1874 - 1954

Memories A. Very Pleasant B. Rather Sad
Tom Sails Away
Feldeinsamkeit
General WIlliam Booth enters heaven
Charlie Rutledge

Roy Harris

1898 - 1979

Isreal Citkovitz

1909 - 1974

William Schumann

1910 - 1992

Alan Hovhaness

1911 - 2000

Hugo Weisgall

1912 - 1997

Psalm of the disant dove

Norman Dello Joio

1913 - 2008

William Bergsma

1921 - 1994

Seymour Barab

1921

Jack Beeson

1921 - 2010

Daniel Pinkham

1923 - 2006

Dominick Argento

1927

From the Diary of Virginia Woolf
Songs about Spring
Letters from Composers
The Andre Expedition
Elizabethan Songs
Miss Manners on Music
Casa Guidi

Richard Cumming

1928

David del Tredici

1937

"Alice" symphony, Lewis Carroll settings
James Joyce

John Corigliano

1938

Mr. Tambourine Man, Seven Poems of Bob Dylan "Forever Young"
The Cloisters
One Sweet Morning, mezzo and orchestra

John Harbison

1938

Mirabai Songs "Don't go"

Joseph Fennimore

1940

Berlitz: An Introduction to French
Inscapes
Eventide

Stephen Paulus

1949

Libby Larsen

1950

Sonnets from the Portugese
Try me, good King
Me

Lori Laitman

1955

I never saw another butterfly
Metropolitan

Thomas Cipullo

1960

Another reason why I don't keep a gun in the house (Billy Collins)

European Roots

George Wakefield Chadwick

1854 - 1931

Charles Martin Loeffler

1861 - 1935

Edward MacDowell

1861 - 1908

Horatio Parker

1863 - 1919

Sidney Homer

1864 - 1953

Uncle of Samuel Barber

Mrs. H.H.A. Beach

1867 - 1944

Three Browning Songs
"The Year's at the Spring"

Charles Griffes

1884 - 1920

Symphony in Yellow
Three songs of Fiona MacLeod

Clara Edwards

1887 - 1974

Jean Berger

1909 - 2002

Villanescas
Quatre chansons d'amour