This paper centers around the treatment of Walt Whitman's poetry in Ned Rorem’s War Scenes, Kurt Weill’s Four Walt Whitman Songs, and Ethan McGrath’s Four Whitman Settings. In this paper, these works are explored through formal and textual analysis along with investigating the backgrounds of the works and their composers. Further background information will include wider discussions on form and compositional history. In addition, the technical considerations and challenges of singing the selected songs will be examined.
Dr. Mark Whatley
Dr. Peter Lamothe
Music, School of
Music and Performing Arts, College of
Master of Music (MM)
Hayden, Grady, "Whitman War Poetry Settings by Three Composers" (2022). Recital Papers. 30.