Sea Drift (Carpenter)

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Sea Drift is a tone poem for orchestra composed by John Alden Carpenter in 1933; it was premiered by the Chicago Symphony under Frederick Stock on November 30, 1933.[1] Impressionist music inspired by the Walt Whitman poems Sea-Drift, it is in two sections. Much of the material in the first part is assigned to the horn; in the second, the main theme is stated by the English horn before being repeated by strings.

See also[edit]

Sea-Drift, for other works inspired by these poems.



  • David Ewen, Encyclopedia of Concert Music. New York; Hill and Wang, 1959.