Song in America highlights Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes and Aaron Copland this month

Song in America highlights Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes and Aaron Copland this month

Sundays at 1:00 (and 2:00) this month

Aaron Copland

Don't miss some of America's greatest songs, this month on Song in America.

1/1        Double Bill:  Champions of American Song Over the course of the 20th century, our classical singers were enthusiastic advocates for songs by American composers. In this program, we hear the music they brought to far-flung audiences through recitals, phonograph records, and radio broadcasts.

(2:00 pm)Arthur Farwell, American Pioneer At the beginning of the 20th century, deeply influenced by Dvorak's challenge to Americans to find their own musical voices, Arthur Farwell used music of Native Americans and words of American poets as inspiration for his own unique voice. He also pioneered the publishing and preservation of American composers and poets through his famed Wa-Wan Press.

1/8        There Is No Gender in Music So said composer Elinor Remick Warren. In this program we look at the lives and songs of generations of American women composers.

1/15      Emily Dickinson: Letter to the World The reclusive poet explored all of life's emotions, and there are hundreds of compelling settings of her poems, by composers from Ernst Bacon to André Previn to Ned Rorem.

1/22      Songs We've Always Sung Aaron Copland's "Old American Songs" have become recital standards, but traditional texts and tunes have attracted many other classical composers, including John Jacob Niles, George Crumb, and Jake Heggie.

1/29      Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance Langston Hughes, one of America's great poets, gave jubilant voice to the lives of African Americans. His poetry has inspired settings by dozens of composers; we hear some of that music and learn about the world that inspired him.