Thomas Hamspon Poets & Patriotism Recital Program

Thomas Hampson’s program for our Poets & Patriotism recital at the U.S. Library of Congress has gone to press. It offers a historical survey of how American lyricists have confronted the issues of life in the United States, celebrating, negotiating, and inspiring public dialogue about what it means to be a citizen. UPDATE: the full recital can now be viewed on the Library of Congress website here.

Poets and Patriotism:
Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of “The Star Spangled Banner”

  • Thomas Hampson, baritone
  • Matthew Thompson, collaborative pianist
  • Mark Clague, music historian
  • University of Michigan Alumni Men’s Chorus with Robert Baker, Jean Bernard Cerin, Mark Clague, Joseph Gradisher, David Kozisek, Mike Rowan. Matthew Schwartz, and Michael Steelman
Library of Congress

The recital will take place in the Coolidge Auditorium of the original Library of Congress building, next door to the U.S. Capitol. at the Washington Mall.

Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium, 2pm July 3, 2014
Tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance


1. Setting the Stage with Francis Hopkinson and Franz Joseph Haydn

  1. My Days Have Been So Wondrous’ Free
  2. O’er the Hills
  3. My Generous Heart Disdains
  4. The Sailor’s Song (Haydn)

The Anthem

*5. The Anacreontic Song (music by John Stafford Smith, 1775 / 1776)
6. Yankee Doodle (later 1750s)
*7. Adams and Liberty (Thomas Paine, 1798)
*8. When the Warrior Returns (Francis Scott Key, 1805)
*9. The Star-Spangled Banner (Francis Scott Key, 1814, original version)

Life & Politics

10. Oh! Who Has Not Seen (1843)
11. Oh Say, Do You Hear? (E. A. Atlee, 1844)
12. Comrades, Fill No Glass For Me (Stephen Foster, 1855)

 A Nation Divided

*13 Hard Times Come Again No More (Stephen Foster, 1854)
*14. That’s What’s the Matter (Stephen Foster, 1862)
15. Letter to Mrs. Bixby (Michael Daugherty, 2009)
16. Ethiopia Saluting the Colors (Harry T. Burleigh, 1915)

The Anthem United

17. Das Star-Spangled Banner (Civil War era)
18. La bandera de las estrellas (1918)
19. In Flanders Fields (Charles Ives, 1919)

Patriotic Participation

*20. America the Beautiful (Katherine Lee Bates, 1895)
*21. Lift Every Voice and Sing (James Weldon Johnson, 1900)
*22. The Star-Spangled Banner, Service Version (1918)

* = chorus participation

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3 Responses to Thomas Hamspon Poets & Patriotism Recital Program

  1. Bill Doggett says:

    Awesome and historic in breadth. Congratulations Thomas Hampson, Mark Clague, Susan Key and all who participated.

  2. Das Star Spangled Banner was translated into German by Hermann Seele of New Braunfels, Texas, in 1851. The handsome Library of Congress broadside was published in 1862-3, judging by the address of its publisher, as an obvious appeal to Union army recruits. It was still being sung in the bilingual public schools of Indianapolis in 1917.

    • Thanks Walter. Can you share the source citations for this great information? The connection to Indianapolis is amazing, particularly that this is during WWI and things German in the U.S. were under great pressure and thus typically censored.

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