for Solo Tenor Voice

Nkeiru Okoye (composer)


  • Tenor
An enticing rarity in the vocal literature, 1861 is a 5-minute work for unaccompanied voice – a miniature monodrama, sung a cappella. Okoye’s music and dramatic pacing are in tune with Whitman’s words about the Civil War erupting soon after Lincoln’s inauguration. Whitman’s opening lines, “Arm’d year! Year of the struggle! No dainty rhymes or sentimental love verses for you,” describe both the real world and Whitman’s self-referential poetry, and they are the starting blocks for Okoye’s powerful setting. 1861 was originally composed for solo Tenor, and later transposed for solo Contralto (also published separately).
SKU: 111-40316
Duration: 5:00
Text Source: Walt Whitman
Commission Notice: Commissioned by the Walt Whitman Project in association with American Opera Projects, 2011
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Delivery Method: Print
Accompanied: Accompanied Solo
Page count: 4
Weight: 0.012 lbs.
UPC: 6-80160-68782-4
ISBN: 978-1-4911-3575-4
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