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The Music of Whitman_121    For him I sing
2    I am he that aches with Love
3    Sometimes with One I love
4    Look down, Fair Moon
5    What am I, after all
6    As if a Phantom caress’d me
7    The last Invocation
8    A clear Midnight
9    Joy, Shipmate, Joy!
10  Then last of all

Programme Notes

I probably discovered Walt Whitman’s works through settings of his poetry by Vaughan Williams and Delius.  The Music of Whitman was written in 1973 and was always intended for the baritone voice – I myself am a tenor!  The freedom of Whitman’s versification lends itself to free-ranging musical expression, and these songs have always held a special place for me, although they have never been performed until now [the CD recording by Mark Stone and Simon Lepper].  The elusive quality of the poetry and the irregular meter of the verse invite musical settings that can be sensitive to the words.  Vaughan Williams was an influence when writing these songs, and the final piano music of the set evokes the sound world of his Sixth Symphony, specifically the finale.

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