The lovers, New York: Published by N. Currier, c1846.
by Elinor Remick Warren, 1900-1991
Elinor Remick Warren set this text by Walt Whitman in honor of her husband, actor and tenor Zachary Wayne Griffin, on the occasion of their wedding anniversary. "We Two" is a powerful blend of music and poetry; its opening and closing sections, characterized by highly dramatic, declamatory gestures in the voice part and accented, thick chords in the piano part, frame a more expressive central episode employing a lyrical vocal line and harp-like piano figures. Composed in 1946, this version of "We Two" is, curiously, the second song written by Warren with this title; a completely different song of a more consistently lyrical character, based on a text by Corinna D. Dodge, but with the same title, was composed by Warren in 1922.
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 death in 1991 at age 91, and created over 200 works throughout her lifetime. Her music is currently enjoying a revival.