|Though Whitman’s epic poem was ignited by tragedy – America’s first presidential assassination in 1865 – “When Lilacs Last In The Dooryard Bloom’d” refracts a full spectrum of light through the prism of Abraham Lincoln’s death and funeral. Verse by wistful verse, we follow Whitman as he constructs a cathedral-of-words around the spirit of the man who, through the ravages of war, kept a young nation alive at the cost of his own life. Of all Whitman’s work, “Lilacs” cried out to be sung as a choral symphony. |
This is Steve Dobrogosz’s epic musical painting of the poet’s historic words, performed by S:t Jacobs Chamber Choir and Uppsala Chamber Symphonics.
You can also listen to Steve Dobrogosz music on Requiem/Te Deum (nosag CD 093) and his Canticum you find on (nosag CD 064).
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Dobrogosz: from Part 6
MusicWeb: "I first read Whitman’s remarkable poem ‘When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d’, as a teenager, in a fine anthology, The London Book of English Verse, edited by Herbert Read and Bonamy Dobrée. Read and Dobrée printed the poem in a section they headed ‘The Symphonic Poem’, made up of poems characterised by, as they put it, “the complexity of the emotions or ideas to be expressed” and demanding of the poet the skill of “comprehending a diversity of emotional responses within a single artistic form”. Their use of the word ‘symphonic’ is no accident; such poems are especially suited to large-scale musical setting, to the creation of extended musical works which express “a diversity of emotional responses within a single artistic form”. Dobrogosz is perhaps at his best in the more purely pastoral passages. The opening orchestral introduction has a restrained dignity that is appealing and he responds attractively to the lovely lines early in the poem (“In the dooryard fronting an old farm … A sprig with its flower I break”. (---) Dobrogosz’s music is everywhere very competent, sometimes much more than that. Some of the writing for the soprano voices is very beautiful. This piece of work is intelligent, technically assured and well performed. The CD comes handsomely packaged, with the full text of the poem and some fascinating historical photographs. "
|1. Part 1||12´17|
|2. Part 2||12´09|
|3. Part 3||11´27|
|4. Part 4||16´59|
|5. Part 5||10´55|
|6. Part 6||16´07|
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