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.
It was written for baritone singer Sanford Sylvan, who premiered it on 24 February 1989 in St Paul, Minnesota, with the St 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 and Jeremy Huw Williams.
In 2011, the Oregon Symphony performed and recorded the composition for Music for a Time of War.
Performances & Interviews
- John Adams: The Wound Dresserhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p020dlfd.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p020dlfd.jpg2014-06-05T10:11:00.000ZJohn Adams sets Walt Whitman's poem "The Wound-Dresser" (1865) for chamber orchestra and baritone singer.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p020dljy
John Adams: The Wound DresserJohn Adams sets Walt Whitman's poem "The Wound-Dresser" (1865) for chamber orchestra and baritone singer.
- John Adams: Doctor Atomic and The Wound Dresserhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01tnk4j.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01tnk4j.jpg2014-05-23T13:01:00.000ZStephen Johnson looks at the music of American composer John Adams.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01zndm0
John Adams: Doctor Atomic and The Wound DresserStephen Johnson looks at the music of American composer John Adams.