Hersch's Whitman Sampler: Jazz Luminary Fred Hersch Unfurls Leaves of Grass, an Ensemble Vocal Work Based on the Classic Collection by Gay Poet Walt Whitman

By Dalton, Joseph | The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine), April 12, 2005 | Go to article overview

Hersch's Whitman Sampler: Jazz Luminary Fred Hersch Unfurls Leaves of Grass, an Ensemble Vocal Work Based on the Classic Collection by Gay Poet Walt Whitman


Dalton, Joseph, The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)


Walt Whitman's message needs to be heard," says out jazz pianist and composer Fred Hersch, explaining the thinking behind his new recording, Leaves of Grass (Palmetto). "Whitman's universal message is about love and tolerance--of embracing real freedom to be who you are."

Writing for singers and orchestra, Hersch has composed musical settings of works by the great gay poet, releasing his own Leaves of Grass CD to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the first publication of Whitman's landmark collection Leaves of Grass.

"What surprised me the most was how ultimately lyrical this whole work is, because in Whitman there is no rhyme and no meter," says Hersch, who wrote his Leaves in just six weeks. "I'm pleased that I was able to extract as many songs as I could--you know, tunes."

A seamless flow of 20 musical numbers, Leaves of Grass is Hersch's most ambitions undertaking to date. It's being performed in concerts around the country by jazz vocalists Kurt Elling and Kate McGarry with an ensemble of eight players, led by Hersch at the keyboard.

The music is tuneful indeed--even lush. Particularly soulful is "The Mystic Trumpeter," a haunting duet for trumpet and soprano, while "Song of Myself' is a tour de force for Elling.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Hersch's Whitman Sampler: Jazz Luminary Fred Hersch Unfurls Leaves of Grass, an Ensemble Vocal Work Based on the Classic Collection by Gay Poet Walt Whitman
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.