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    Default Music to Poems by Walt Whitman

    Following an earlier post about Whitman, here are all the known compositions on poems by Walt Whitman:

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    Do you know of more compositions???

    Please mention them here!
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    Off the top of my head:

    Dirge for Two Veterans (Holst)
    Songs of Farewell (Delius)
    Idyll: Once I Passed Through a Populous City (Delius)
    Toward the Unknown Region (Vaughan Willams)
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    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

    ὃν οἱ θεοὶ φιλοῦσιν ἀποθνῄσκει νέος [Those whom the gods love die young] - Menander

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    The Mystic Trumpeter (Holst)

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    Just remembered that Ned Rorem also set numerous Whitman texts in his songs but I wouldn't know how many have actually been recorded.
    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

    ὃν οἱ θεοὶ φιλοῦσιν ἀποθνῄσκει νέος [Those whom the gods love die young] - Menander

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    Quote Originally Posted by elgars ghost View Post
    Off the top of my head:

    Dirge for Two Veterans (Holst)
    Songs of Farewell (Delius)
    Idyll: Once I Passed Through a Populous City (Delius)
    Toward the Unknown Region (Vaughan Willams)
    Thanks ghost! Much appreciated!
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    Cool, thanks Azol!
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    Thanks, I' ll go and search!
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    I found an original musical score of the Elegiac Ode by Slanford

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    It can be freely downloaded here:

    https://ia800306.us.archive.org/22/i...code00stan.pdf
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    One of the settings of Whitman listed on the teeny tiny image you posted - "Dona Nobis Pacem" - was the first big choral work I ever sang in. I still hear the settings of Whitman's words decades later. I think Whitman was writing about the American Civil War. Vaughn Williams was a survivor of the trenches and had become an ardent opponent of war.

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    Howard Hanson composed several, including:

    Song of Democracy
    Seventh Symphony
    He also did a setting of the The Mystic Trumpeter
    Songs from "Drum Taps"
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    The Dirge for Two Veterans was used by Ralph Vaughan Williams in his Dona Nobis Pacem. Don't know of a setting of this poem by Holst.

    Dirge for Two Veterans (Holst)
    Songs of Farewell (Delius)
    Idyll: Once I Passed Through a Populous City (Delius)
    Toward the Unknown Region (Vaughan Willams)[/QUOTE]

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    Quote Originally Posted by alan davis View Post
    The Dirge for Two Veterans was used by Ralph Vaughan Williams in his Dona Nobis Pacem. Don't know of a setting of this poem by Holst.
    Holst set it in 1914 but it wasn't given an opus number like his more famous Whitman setting Ode to Death from 1919. Whether this means he never had it published in his lifetime I don't know. There is a recording of it on the Chandos label with other Holst choral works.
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    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

    ὃν οἱ θεοὶ φιλοῦσιν ἀποθνῄσκει νέος [Those whom the gods love die young] - Menander

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    Kurt Weill:
    Four Walt Whitman Songs (1942)

    1. Oh Captain! My Captain Text: Walt Whitman
    2. Beat! Beat! Drums! Text: Walt Whitman
    3. Dirge For Two Veterans Text: Walt Whitman
    4. Come Up From the Fields, Father Text: Walt Whitman

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    ^
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    That surprised me - I thought Kurt Weill was only composing stage works by then. I'll have to seek these out.
    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

    ὃν οἱ θεοὶ φιλοῦσιν ἀποθνῄσκει νέος [Those whom the gods love die young] - Menander

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    Ned Rorem: Five Songs to Poems of Walt Whitman (1957)

    1. As Adam, Early in the Morning
    2. Oh You Whom I Often and Silently Come
    3. To You
    4. Look Down fair Moon
    5. Gliding O'er All

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