Commission spotlight

Two Lincoln Elegies

(text by Walt Whitman)

David Shapiro

For tenor, violin, double bass, and piano; duration 1: 3:58
Premiered on “Carol of Words – Walt Whitman in Song”
April 7, 2019; at Haverford College

Performers: James Reese, tenor; Min-Young Kim, violin; Tim Ressler, double bass; and Laura Ward, piano
Commissioned by Lyric Fest, 1. “I heard the blue birds singing” sponsored by Jeffrey Brillhart and Joacy Mendonça in honor of John C. Bogle

Commissioned by Lyric Fest, 2. “Lincoln’s Death – Broadway N.Y. in the forenoon, the news is received” sponsored by Ulrike Shapiro