|by John Adams|
|Commissioned by||Carillon Importers on behalf of Absolut Vodka, with assistance from the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra through a gift from Daniel and Constance Kunin|
|Text||"The Wound-Dresser" (Walt Whitman, 1865)|
|Duration||about 20 minutes|
|Scoring||Chamber orchestra and baritone singer|
|Date||24 February 1989|
|Location||St Paul, Minnesota|
|Performers||Sanford Sylvan (baritone) Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra|
The Wound-Dresser is a piece for chamber orchestra and baritone singer by composer John Adams. 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.
It was written for baritone singer Sanford Sylvan, who premiered it on 24 February 1989 in St Paul, Minnesota, with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra conducted by the composer. It was subsequently recorded by the same forces for Nonesuch Records. Interpreters who have performed and recorded it since have included Thomas Hampson, Nathan Gunn, Jeremy Huw Williams, and Christopher Maltman.
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- "Passion & Pain: Adams, Haydn & Schubert". www.prestoclassical.co.uk. Presto Classical. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
- "Adams: Shaker Loops / Wound Dresser / Short Ride in a Fast Machine". www.naxos.com. Naxos Records. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
- "John Adams: The Wound Dresser". BBC. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2021.
- CD: BBCLJ30012; https://www.gramophone.co.uk/review/adams-tromba-lontana-violin-concerto-the-wound-dresser
- Miller, Michael (April 7, 2012). ""Music for a Time of War" – The Oregon Symphony under Carlos Kalmar play Ives, Adams, Britten, and Vaughan Williams on a Pentatone Release ... Highly Recommended!". The Berkshire Review. Archived from the original on August 28, 2012. Retrieved November 12, 2012.
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- The John Adams Earbox, Nonesuch Records, NY 1999