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American Song



Playing time: 65'20"
Tracks: 27
Booklet pages: 16
Reviewer: Bill Newman
Review of American Song published on 4 July 2013

Listen: Virgil Thomson / Gertrude Stein: Portrait of F B (track 16, 0:00-1:02)

Meriel Dickinson, mezzo soprano
Peter Dickinson, piano

George Gershwin (1898-1937) (text: Ira Gershwin, 1896-1983):
1 I got rhythm (Girl Crazy, 1930, arranged by Peter Dickinson)

Elliott Carter (born 1908):
Three Poems of Robert Frost (1943)
2 Dust of Snow
3 The Rose Family
4 The Line Gang
First recording

Aaron Copland (1900-1990):
5 In Evening Air (1966) (piano solo)
6 Night Thoughts (Homage to Ives) (1972) (piano solo)
First recording
7 Poet's Song (1927)
Text by e e cummings (1894-1962)
First recording

Elliott Carter (text: Hart Crane, 1899-1932):
8 Voyage (1943)
First recording

Virgil Thomson (1896-1989):
Two by Marianne Moore (1963)
9 English Usage
10 My Crow Pluto
First recording

John Cage (1912-1992):
Five Songs for Contralto (1938) (texts: e e cummings)
11 Little four paws
12 Little Christmas Tree
13 In just
14 Hist whist
15 Another comes
First recording

Virgil Thomson:
16 Portrait of F B (Frances Blood) (1929) (text: Gertrude Stein, 1874-1946)

George Gershwin (texts: Ira Gershwin):
17 A Foggy Day (from A Damsel in Distress, 1937)
18 They all laughed (from Shall We Dance, 1937)
(arranged by Peter Dickinson)

Aaron Copland:
from Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson (1950)
19 There came a wind like a bugle
20 Why do they shut me out of heaven?
21 The world feels dusty
22 Heart, we will forget him
23 Dear March, come in!
24 Sleep is supposed to be
25 I felt a funeral in my brain
26 I've heard an organ talk sometimes
27 Going to Heaven!


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