American Muse

for Baritone and Orchestra

Steven Stucky

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Performing Ensemble: Voice and Orchestra
Publisher: Merion Music, Inc.
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Quick Overview

When it was proposed that I write a new song cycle for the American baritone Sanford Sylvan, I agreed enthusiastically. Perhaps under the influence of his fine performances of my earlier Four Poems of A.R. Ammons and of such works as John Adams?s The Wound-Dresser, a setting of Walt Whitman, I looked for texts that somehow dealt with American-ness ? with the national character (or rather, its many characters), the national experience (or rather, its diverse experiences), even the physical realities of the national landscape. I quickly discovered that you can?t describe America in twenty minutes, or even in a lifetime. Indeed, my cycle?s title borrows the first two words of the Invocation that opens Stephen Vincent Ben

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Additional Information

Commission Commissioned by Robert and Linda Attiyeh for the Los Angeles Philharmonic
Composition Date 1999
Duration 00:21:00
Orchestration Solo Bar.; 2(dbl. Picc.) 2(dbl.E.H.) 2(both dbl.A Cl., 2 also B.Cl.) 2 - 2 2 1 1; Timp. 3Perc. Hp. Str.
Premiere Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra Ese-Pekka Salonen, conductor Sanford Sylvan, Baritone October 29, 1999

Details

1. American Lights, Seen from Off Abroad (John Berryman)
2. Buffalo Bill's (e.e. cummings)
3. Delaware Water Gap (A.R. Ammons)
4. I Hear America Singing (Walt Whitman)

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