for voice and piano
The text is drawn from the various editions of Whitmans's 'Leaves of grass' (1855-97), and interspersed with excerpts from 'Specimen Days'. Together they form an autobiography, in which both singer and pianist are Whitman at various stages of his life.
Whitman was begun in 1980 and went through several versions - some with piano, others with instrumental accompaniment. It was finally overhauled, rewritten and re-shaped, in 2004-5.
The text is drawn from the various editions of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass(1855-97), including manuscript variants where I found these preferable to the printed version, interspersed with excerpts from Specimen Days (harvested from diary-jottings and other memoranda in 1882). Together these