The Listeners: William Parker - baritone

Composer(s): Ned Rorem, Robert Ward, Theodore Chanler, Norman Dello Joio, Irving Fine, Lee Hoiby, Robert Evett, Ernst Bacon, John Jacob Niles
Album Title: The Listeners: William Parker - baritone 
Cat. No.: 80475
Genre: Classical
Description: The Listeners

Works by Ernst Bacon, Theodore Chanler, Norman Dello Joio, Robert Evett, Irving Fine, Lee Hoiby, John Jacob Niles, Ned Rorem, and Robert Ward

William Parker-baritone; Dalton Baldwin-piano; William Huckaby-piano

Among those who have made a specialty of song, the names Virgil Thomson (1896-1989), Ernst Bacon (1898-1990), Theodore Chanler (1902-1961), Samuel Barber (1910-1981), Robert Ward (born 1917), William Flanagan (1923-1969), and Ned Rorem (born 1923) stand out. One thing they all have in common—the ability to set the texts in such a way that a singer can make them understood. And in general they have been fastidious in choosing poetry apt for musical setting. The American song, with roots, as we have seen, in the German Lied and the French ḿelodie, has become a literature in its own right. 
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