Songs of the Open Road

Five Inspirations from Walt Whitman

for Solo Flute

Daniel Dorff (composer), Walt Whitman (author)


  • Flute


Whitman’s epic “Song of the Open Road” is an inspiring metaphor encouraging us to find and explore our own paths, free of anchors or artificial boundaries. Dorff uses 5 brief passages from the poem as movement titles, setting the stage for a suite of sometimes-edgy soliloquies in which the music (and the flutist) explores these open roads. A live performance by Amy Porter is available at
SKU: 114-42363
Duration: 11:00
Text Source: Walt Whitman, "Song of the Open Road"
Commission Notice: Commissioned by Flute Pro Shop
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Accompanied: Unaccompanied Solo
Page count: 8
Weight: 0.14 lbs.
UPC: 6-80160-68918-7
ISBN: 978-1-4911-3644-7
1. Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road
2. However calm these waters we must not anchor here
3. Strong and content I travel the open road
4. I ordain myself loos’d of limits and imaginary lines
5. Will you travel with me?
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