The Listeners
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.

William Parker

The Listeners

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Track Listing

Mourning Scene
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Ballad (from Pantaloon--He Who Gets Slapped)
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Anatomy Lesson and scene from Summer and Smoke
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Four Rhymes from Peacock Pie: The Ship of Rio
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Four Rhymes from Peacock Pie: Old Shellover
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Four Rhymes from Peacock Pie: Cake and Sack
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Four Rhymes from Peacock Pie: Tillie
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The Listeners
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Billy in The Darbies (Evett)
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Billy in The Darbies (Bacon)
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Evening
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Love Winter When The Plant Says Nothing
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For My Brother: Reported Missing In Action, 1943
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Four Songs from Childhood Fables for Grownups: Two Worms
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Four Songs from Childhood Fables for Grownups: The Duck and the Yak
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Four Songs from Childhood Fables for Grownups: Lenny the Leopard
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Four Songs from Childhood Fables for Grownups: Tigeroo
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