Poetry and Lyrics: Whitman & Song

11th June 2016 18:00
Kings Place
90 York Way, London, N1 9AG
Pioneer of the open road, the big hearted wordsmith Walt Whitman has been set to music more than almost any other poet. Composers have returned again and again to his boundless ability to include the reader, and the listener, in a joyful riot of shared experience.  Leading pianist Iain Burnside and the acclaimed tenor Nicky Spence perform some of the most famous settings of Whitman's work by composers from Vaughan Williams to Ives and Ned Rorem, and discuss his legacy with BBC Radio 3's Lucie Skeaping.

Ralph Vaughan Williams Nocturne

A clear midnight

Joy, shipmate, joy!

Ned Rorem                            Sometimes with one I love

Look down, fair moon

Charles Ives                          Walt Whitman

Ivor Gurney                          Reconciliation

Craig Urquhart                   Among the multitude
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