The Wound-Dresser

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The Wound-Dresser is a nineteen minute-long piece by U.S. composer John Adams for chamber orchestra and baritone singer. The piece is an elegiac setting of excerpts from American poet Walt Whitman's poem "The Wound-Dresser" (1865) about his experience as a hospital volunteer during the American Civil War.[citation needed]

It was written for baritone singer Sanford Sylvan, who premiered it on 24th February 1989 in St Paul, Minnesota with the St Paul Chamber Orchestra conducted by the composer.[1] It was subsequently recorded by the same forces for Nonesuch Records.[citation needed] Interpreters who have performed and recorded it since have included Thomas Hampson, Nathan Gunn and Jeremy Huw Williams.[citation needed]

In 2011, the Oregon Symphony performed and recorded the composition for Music for a Time of War.[2]


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  2. ^ "Music for a Time of War". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 13, 2012. 
  • The John Adams Earbox, Nonesuch Records, NY 1999

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