Four Walt Whitman Songs
For voice and orchestra on texts by Walt Whitman. Orchestrations of “Beat! Beat! Drums!” and “O Captain! My Captain!” by Kurt Weill (1942). Orchestration of “Come Up from the Fields, Father” by Carlos Surinach (1956). Orchestration of “Dirge for Two Veterans” by Kurt Weill and John Baxindine (1942, 2013).
(Possibly) 2 March 1952, New York, Joseph James, vocalist, "Y" Symphonic Workshop, Maurice Levine, cond. (first three songs only)
Note: "Beat! Beat! Drums!" was recorded by Helen Hayes on RCA Victor in 1942, as a recitation with orchestral accompaniment revised by Weill (recording available on Pearl GEMM CDS 9294).
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