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Acclaimed as one of America’s leading contemporary composers, Richard Danielpour wrote Songs of Solitude as a response to the events of 9/11. Drawing on the poems of W.B. Yeats, the work enshrines a sense of economy and sparseness, formed of a set of six powerful orchestral songs. The motivating force for War Songs was a series of photographs of the young men and women killed in the Iraq War. The song cycle, with its texts by Walt Whitman, was written for the Nashville Symphony to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. Toward the Splendid City is a portrait of New York City driven by Danielpour’s love-hate relationship with his hometown.
Richard Danielpour: Songs of Solitude
II. Blood and the Moon
III. Drinking Song
IV. These are the Clouds
V. The Second Coming
Richard Danielpour: War Songs
No. 1. Hush'd Be the Camps To-day
No. 2. Look Down, Fair Moon
No. 3. Reconciliation
No. 4. Year That Trembled and Reel'd Beneath Me
No. 5. Come Up From the Fields Father
Richard Danielpour: Toward the Splendid City
Toward the Splendid City
“Both of these cycles were written for Thomas Hampson, who sings them magnificently.”