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The Poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Nationality is a good thing to a certain extent, but universality is better. All that is best in the great poets of all countries is not what is national in them, but what is universal.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, c. 1855 (Photo courtesy the Longfellow National Historic Site)

Excerpts from the following works were used by permission of Naxos of America, Inc.:

  • Antonin Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, "From the New World," performed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra with Marin Alsop conducting, from Antonin Dvorak, Symphony No. 9 (2008).
  • Frederick Delius's American Rhapsody, performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra with David Lloyd-Jones conducting, from Delius: On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring (2004).
  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's "Hiawatha Overture Op. 30," performed by the RTE Concert Orchestra, Dublin, with Adrian Leaper conducting, from Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Hiawatha Overture/Petite Suite (1995).

Original sound effects by Brent Findley at Sonic Magic Studios, Culver City, CA.

Written and narrated by Dana Gioia.

Produced by Pepper Smith at the National Endowment for the Arts, 2009.

Executive Producer: Josephine Reed

Assistant Producers: Adam Kampe and Liz Mehaffey

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