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  • The Golden Willow Tree

    Song Collection. The text of "The Golden Willow Tree" is the most extensive of the collection, featuring a fairly lengthy narrative tale of maritime exploits. Although Copland completely modified the contour of ...

    Site/Collection: Performing Arts Encyclopedia - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America
    Original Format: Web Pages

  • Sure on This Shining Night

    Song Collection. Anecdotes aside, Barber must have appreciated the song's warm reception for nearly thirty years later he arranged "Sure on this Shining Night" (along with "A Nun Takes the Veil," also ...

    Site/Collection: Performing Arts Encyclopedia - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Samuel Barber
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  • Let Down the Bars

    Performers and scholars have ranked Bacon's Dickinson settings among the best in the repertoire and have considered him to be one of Dickinson's best interpreters. Few of Bacon's songs have been published ...

    Site/Collection: The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Performing Arts Encyclopedia
    Original Format: Web Pages

  • Look Down, Fair Moon

    Song Collection. "Look Down, Fair Moon," is contained in a collection of Rorem's songs, the Five Poems of Walt Whitman, which was published by Boosey and Hawkes in 1970. The song was ...

    Site/Collection: Performing Arts Encyclopedia - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America
    Original Format: Web Pages

  • Shenandoah

    As unclear as the song's origin is, so is the definitive interpretation of its text. Some believe that the song refers to the river of the same name. Others suggest that it ...

    Site/Collection: The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Performing Arts Encyclopedia
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  • God Bless America

    Article. Irving Berlin lived a long life, one hundred and one years, and built a catalog of over 1,000 songs. His first published song was "Marie from Sunny Italy" (1907) and his ...

    Contributor: Library of Congress
    Site/Collection: Performing Arts Encyclopedia - Patriotic Melodies - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America
    Original Format: Web Pages
    Date: 2002

  • Beautiful Dreamer

    For his songs composed after 1860, Foster turned his creative energy to the parlor ballad, a type of song noted for its sentimental or narrative text, frequently at a slow tempo. The ...

    Site/Collection: The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Performing Arts Encyclopedia
    Original Format: Web Pages

  • Victory at Sea

    Article. "Victory at Sea" received immediate acclaim. It earned a Peabody, a special Emmy and numerous other awards. Its production team, led by Henry Salomon, created an enduring art form, the compilation ...

    Contributor: Library of Congress
    Site/Collection: Performing Arts Encyclopedia - Patriotic Melodies - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America
    Original Format: Web Pages
    Date: 2002

  • Grief

    Song Collection. William Grant Still's setting of LeRoy V. Brant's text was composed in Los Angeles in 1953. According to Judith Anne Still, her father preferred his original title for the song ...

    Contributor: Still, William Grant
    Site/Collection: Performing Arts Encyclopedia - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America
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  • Stars and Stripes Forever

    Article. The "Flute in C" with silver keys and ferrules was used for 11 years by Mr. Louis P. Fritze, a member of the Sousa Band. He played it in the Band's ...

    Contributor: Library of Congress
    Site/Collection: Performing Arts Encyclopedia - Patriotic Melodies - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America
    Original Format: Web Pages
    Date: 2002

  • The Boatmen's Dance and Simple Gifts

    Song Collection. Copland's holograph sketches for both sets of the Old American Songs can be accessed on-line through the Aaron Copland Collection at the Library of Congress: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/copland/index.html.

    Site/Collection: Performing Arts Encyclopedia - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America
    Original Format: Web Pages

  • We Two

    Article. Warren has been described as the "only woman among the group of prominent American neo-Romanticists that includes Howard Hansen, Samuel Barber, and Gian Carlo Menotti." She was active up until her ...

    Site/Collection: The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Performing Arts Encyclopedia
    Original Format: Web Pages

  • Old Man's Love Song

    Farwell was apparently taken by the melody of "The Old Man's Love Song" because it reappeared in another of his compositions, his piano work entitled Dawn, op. 12 (published in 1902). For ...

    Site/Collection: The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Performing Arts Encyclopedia
    Original Format: Web Pages

  • Danny Deever

    Damrosch's version of the song, published in 1897, is a dramatic account of the death of Danny Deever. Organized in a "question and answer" sequence, the verses usually begin with questions posed ...

    Site/Collection: The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Performing Arts Encyclopedia
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  • Over There

    Article. President Wilson described "Over There" as "a genuine inspiration to all American manhood" and Cohan remained unwavering in his patriotic fervor. However, a significant number of artists and performers grew increasingly ...

    Contributor: Library of Congress
    Site/Collection: Performing Arts Encyclopedia - Patriotic Melodies - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America
    Original Format: Web Pages
    Date: 2002

  • Hail Columbia

    Article. Up until the 1890s "Hail Columbia" was played as the de facto national anthem of the United States. President Lincoln once mentioned he had to stand up and take off his ...

    Contributor: Library of Congress
    Site/Collection: Performing Arts Encyclopedia - Patriotic Melodies - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America
    Original Format: Web Pages
    Date: 2002

  • Night Wanderers

    Song Collection. Samuel Barber's setting of "Night Wanderers" was not published during his lifetime. It was finally published in 1994 as a part of G. Schirmer's collection of "Ten Early Songs" by ...

    Site/Collection: Performing Arts Encyclopedia - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Samuel Barber
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  • When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again

    Article. The song also gave rise to many a parody. The best known was the Confederate parody "For Bales." Union soldiers sang about Generals such as Burnside, McClellan and Mead in a ...

    Contributor: Library of Congress
    Site/Collection: Performing Arts Encyclopedia - Patriotic Melodies - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America
    Original Format: Web Pages
    Date: 2002

  • Anchors Aweigh

    Article. Charles Zimmermann died just before the U.S. entered WWI but his counterpart, John Philip Sousa, enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve and was paid one dollar per month to organize the ...

    Contributor: Library of Congress
    Site/Collection: Performing Arts Encyclopedia - Patriotic Melodies - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America
    Original Format: Web Pages
    Date: 2002

  • Battle hymn of the republic

    Article. But it was when Julia Ward Howe visited Washington, DC in 1861 that the tune properly came to be called "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." Howe and her husband, both ...

    Contributor: Library of Congress
    Site/Collection: Performing Arts Encyclopedia - Patriotic Melodies - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America
    Original Format: Web Pages
    Date: 2002