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The poem O Captain! My Captain! is part of a collection known as Memories of President Lincoln and, in contrast to most of Whitmans work, has a clearly defined structure Musically the nature of the work is symphonic with unifying motives which occur as signposts to the structure.
The music reflects both the intense involvement of the sea in human affairs and its omnipotent indifference to human fortunes; the anguish of loss; the symbolism of innocence; and the consummatory release from the cares of life.
Stephen Watson was born in Chester in 1955, and began his musical training at 13 years old with violin lessons. Later, lessons in composition were coupled with considerable experience as an orchestral violinist as well as singing with and conducting choral societies in the north of England. It is not surprising, therefore, that his compositions reflect his passion for large-scale choral and orchestral sounds.
|1||(26:36)||O Captain! My Captain!|
|2||Would you hear of an old-time sea-fight?|
|3||Stretch’d and still lies the midnight|
|4||The Captain on the quarter-deck|
|5||Near by the corpse of the child|
|6||Black and impassive guns|
|7||O Captain! my Captain!|
|8||My Captain does not answer|
|9||13:20||Autumn Boughs For string orchestra|
|10||16:43||Symphonic Study For symphony orchestra|