American Muse

for Baritone and Orchestra

Steven Stucky (composer)
Solo Baritone, Flute 1, Flute 2 (Piccolo), Oboe 1,...


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
SKU: 116-41711
Ensemble: Full Orchestra
Duration: 21:00
Commission Notice: Commissioned by Robert and Linda Attiyeh for the Los Angeles Philharmonic
Publisher: Merion Music, Inc.
Delivery Method: Print
Product Type: Score and Parts
Accompanied: Concerto
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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