American Muse

for Baritone and Orchestra

Steven Stucky

Performing Ensemble: Voice and Orchestra
Publisher: Merion Music, Inc.
Print Status: Rental

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When it was proposed that I write a new song cycle for the American baritone Sanford Sylvan, I agreed enthusiastically. Perhaps under the influence of his fine performances of my earlier Four Poems of A.R. Ammons and of such works as John Adams?s The Wound-Dresser, a setting of Walt Whitman, I looked for texts that somehow dealt with American-ness ? with the national character (or rather, its many characters), the national experience (or rather, its diverse experiences), even the physical realities of the national landscape. I quickly discovered that you can?t describe America in twenty minutes, or even in a lifetime. Indeed, my cycle?s title borrows the first two words of the Invocation that opens Stephen Vincent Ben

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Additional Information

Commission Commissioned by Robert and Linda Attiyeh for the Los Angeles Philharmonic
Composition Date 1999
Duration 00:21:00
Orchestration Solo Bar.; 2(dbl. Picc.) 2(dbl.E.H.) 2(both dbl.A Cl., 2 also B.Cl.) 2 - 2 2 1 1; Timp. 3Perc. Hp. Str.
Premiere Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra Ese-Pekka Salonen, conductor Sanford Sylvan, Baritone October 29, 1999


1. American Lights, Seen from Off Abroad (John Berryman)
2. Buffalo Bill's (e.e. cummings)
3. Delaware Water Gap (A.R. Ammons)
4. I Hear America Singing (Walt Whitman)

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