Walt Whitman and Modern Music: War, Desire, and the Trials of Nationhood

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Walt Whitman's poetry, especially his Civil War poetry, attracted settings by a wide variety of modern composers in both English- and German-speaking countries. The essays in this volume trace the transformation of Whitman's nineteenth-century texts into vehicles for confronting twentieth-century problems-aesthetic, social, and political. The contributors pay careful attention to music and poetry alike in examining how the Whitman settings become exemplary means of dealing with both the tragic and utopian faces ...

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Overview

Walt Whitman's poetry, especially his Civil War poetry, attracted settings by a wide variety of modern composers in both English- and German-speaking countries. The essays in this volume trace the transformation of Whitman's nineteenth-century texts into vehicles for confronting twentieth-century problems-aesthetic, social, and political. The contributors pay careful attention to music and poetry alike in examining how the Whitman settings become exemplary means of dealing with both the tragic and utopian faces of modernism. The book is accompanied by a CD recording by Joan Heller and Thomas Stumpf of complete Whitman cycles composed by Kurt Weill, George Crumb, and Lawrence Kramer, and the first recording of four Whitman songs composed in the 1920s by Marc Blitzstein.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815331544
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/28/2000
  • Series: Border Crossings Series , #10
  • Edition description: BOOK & CD
  • Pages: 210
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Series Editor's Foreword
Introduction
Ch. 1 "Red War Is My Song": Whitman, Higginson, and Civil War Music 1
Ch. 2 "No Armpits, Please, We're British": Whitman and English Music, 1884-1936 25
Ch. 3 Eros, Expressionism, and Exile: Whitman in German Music 43
Ch. 4 Reclaiming Walt: Marc Blitzstein's Whitman Settings 65
Ch. 5 A Visionary Backward Glance: The Divided Experience in Paul Hindemith's When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd: A Requiem "For Those We Love" 89
Ch. 6 "I'm an American!": Whitman, Weill, and Cultural Identity 109
Ch. 7 Three American Requiems: Contemplating "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd" 133
Ch. 8 Like Falling Leaves: The Erotics of Mourning in Four Drum-Taps Settings 151
Contributors 167
Notes to the Compact Disc 169
Index of Names 173
Index of Titles 177
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