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American Art Song and American Poetry

Second Edition

Ruth C. Friedberg and Robin Fisher - Foreword by Thomas Hampson

Published 50 years after the last major treatment of American art song, the first edition of the three-volume American Art Song and American Poetry was the first work to fully consider the musical settings of American poetry. Ruth Friedberg's monumental study was undertaken as a partial remedy to examine American song, from Edward Macdowell up through 1980. In the first edition, Friedberg focused on the interrelationship between the composer and the poet and the ways in which this influenced the completed song. Pieces selected for inclusion had the dual function of recognizing the importance of contributions to the performing literature as well as illuminating phases of America's cultural past.

In this second edition, now published in a convenient, one-volume format, Ruth Friedberg and Robin Fisher have updated the entries on composers and poets from the first edition and added new individuals to both categories. New composers appearing in this volume include Florence Price, Lee Hoiby, Emma Lou Diemer, Helen Greenberg, Flicka Rahn, Libby Larsen, John Musto, Lori Laitman, Ricky Ian Gordon, and Jake Heggie. Poets now receiving their first treatment are Ezra Pound, Emma Lazarus, Dorothy Diemer Hendry, Dorothy Parker, Willa Cather, Louise Bogan, and William Carlos Williams. As before, musical examples are liberally employed to illustrate specific approaches to poetic text-setting and are much more visually accessible due to present-day digital technology.
The new edition of
American Art Song and American Poetry will be a valuable addition to the collections of scholars, performers, and libraries. It is an ideal reference work for students and faculty of voice in undergraduate and graduate courses in American music as well as literature scholars interested in the interdisciplinary approaches. Singers and teachers of singing will find in this new edition a vast array of carefully selected program material for the studio and the recital hall, along with carefully researched background material to enable effective performance. Users will find the volume's extensive bibliography and general index extremely helpful.
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Scarecrow Press
Pages: 438Size: 9 x 11 1/2
978-0-8108-8174-7 • Hardback • June 2012 • $87.00 • (£60.00)
Ruth C. Friedberg has taught at Duke University, the New School of Music in Philadelphia, and numerous Texas universities. She has performed as keyboard artist with the San Antonio Symphony and for chamber music and vocal recitals in many countries. Friedberg's publications include the recorded anthology Art Song in America, as well as entries in the Grove's Dictionaries of Music, The Complete Pianist, the American Women Composers song series, and Selected Writings of John Duke.

Robin Fisher is associate professor of voice at Sacramento State University. She began her singing career in Europe where she studied music as a Fulbright scholar and recipient of the Rotary Foundation fellowship. Fisher is co-editor of The Selected Writings of John Duke: 1917-1984 (Scarecrow, 2007).
1 A Nation Finds Its Voice
Edward MacDowell
William Dean Howells
Charles M. Loeffler
Edgar Allan Poe
Charles Griffes
John Tabb
Sidney Lanier
2 Charles Ives
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
John Greenleaf Whittier
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Charles Sprague
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Walt Whitman
Vachel Lindsay
Henry David Thoreau
Louis Untermeyer
James Fenimore Cooper, Jr.
Thomas Bailey Aldrich
3 Settings by Six “Americanists”
Douglas Moore
Stephen Vincent Benét
Theodore Roethke
William Grant Still
Paul Laurence Dunbar
Langston Hughes
Arna Bontemps
Countee Cullen
iv Contents
Florence Price
Paul Laurence Dunbar
Langston Hughes
Ernst Bacon
Emily Dickinson
Roy Harris
Carl Sandburg
Aaron Copland
Emily Dickinson
4 Two American Originals
Mary Howe
Elinor Wylie
Amy Lowell
Virgil Thompson
Marianne Moore
5 John Duke
Adelaide Crapsey
Edna St. Vincent Millay
E. A. Robinson
Elinor Wylie
Sara Teasdale
Robert Frost
e.e. cummings
Mark Van Doren
Emily Dickinson
6 Into the New Century
Ross Lee Finney
Benjamin Franklin
Charles Naginski
Walt Whitman
Carl Sandburg
Sara Teasdale
Sergius Kagen
Walt Whitman
Carl Sandburg
Sara Teasdale
Paul Nordoff
Conrad Aiken
Elinor Wylie
Samuel Barber
James Agee
Frederic Prokosch
Paul Bowles
Tennessee Williams
7 The Second Decade
Hugo Weisgall
Adelaide Crapsey
e.e. cummings
Contents v
Herman Melville
Norman Dello Joio
Stark Young
David Diamond
Herman Melville
Vincent Persichetti
Wallace Stevens
Emily Dickinson
8 The Third Decade I
Jack Beeson
Edgar Allan Poe
Abraham Lincoln
Peter Viereck
Richard Owen
Stephen Crane
Robert Frost
Amy Lowell
Jean Eichelberger Ivey
Sara Teasdale
William Flanagan
Edward Albee
Howard Moss
9 Ned Rorem
Paul Goodman
Theodore Roethke
10 The Third Decade II
Ruth Schonthal
Walt Whitman
Lee Hoiby
Ezra Pound
Emma Lazarus
Emma Lou Diemer
Dorothy Diemer Hendry
Dorothy Parker
Richard Cumming
Philip Minor
11 The Fourth and Fifth Decades
Richard Hundley
Kenneth Patchen
James Purdy
John Corigliano, Jr
William Hoffman
Helen Greenberg
Kenneth Patchen
Flicka Rahn
Amy Lowell
12 Half Century and Beyond
vi Contents
Libby Larsen
Willa Cather
John Musto
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Louise Bogan
Lori Laitman
William Carlos Williams
Ricky Ian Gordon
Langston Hughes
Jake Heggie
Vachel Lindsay
Selected Bibliography
About the Authors
For the second edition of this critically acclaimed work on the American art song, Friedberg and Fisher have combined all three volumes of Friedberg's earlier work (v. 1, CH, Mar'82; v. 2, CH, Mar'85; v. 3, CH, Sep'87) into one large book, supplemented by the addition of ten composers born after the midcentury mark. The make-up of each chapter remains the same: short biographical sketches of composer and poet, followed by a discussion of one or more poems and their musical settings. Although the limited number of works by each composer is hardly sufficient to gain insight into his or her style or aesthetic, the important addition of some of the most popular song composers currently working today--among them Libby Larsen, Jake Heggie, and Ricky Ian Gordon--makes the acquisition of the new edition worthwhile. The revised format--the pages and font are bigger--also improves the readability of the work. This book can easily lay claim to being the most important work on the subject available today. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals.

Performers, vocal and instrumental, will find this volume useful.
American Reference Books Annual

American Art Song and American Poetry is an outstanding resource. The research is exemplary, the information is shared in a clear and eloquent style, and it is convenient to have all the information contained in a single compendium. Singers who have only a nodding acquaintance with this literature will be piqued to explore it, while those familiar with this repertoire will be tempted to revisit these milestones of American song, and perhaps discover composers and settings new to them.
Journal of Singing

The book could serve as an ideal textbook for university song literature courses focused on the American art song. It would also function well as a resource guide for singers and pianists who are studying or performing works from the genre. Those with an appreciation for the art song, American music or American poetry, and who might wish to survey the literature, would also benefit greatly from the book. . . .The authors’ knowledge of the subject matter is unequivocally excellent, and the book is expertly put together.
American Music Teacher