The “Song of America” project, initially developed by Thomas Hampson in collaboration with the Library of Congress in 2005, and now a program of the Hampsong Foundation, examines connections between poetry, music, history and culture from the perspective of classic song.
The Song of America database, located at http://www.songofamerica.net, is the keystone of the American song project. Launched in November 2009, Song of America seeks to tell the story of our culture and nation, through the eyes of our poets and the ears of our composer. A project of the Hampsong Foundation, its goal is to build and curate a comprehensive archive of American song with text and multimedia resources.
“The ‘Song of America’ project has been a dream come true for me,” says Hampson, “giving me unforgettable opportunities to tour our country while singing the songs born of our life experiences as Americans in the language of our hearts and minds. These songs – our songs – say everything, through the eyes of our poets and the ears of our composers, about the culture we call American. We need these songs in our cultural landscape.”
For more information about the Song of America project, please visit SongofAmerica.net