Image source: Abraham Lincoln, three-quarter length portrait, seated and holding his spectacles and a pencil. Alexander Gardner 5 February 1865 – Library of Congress [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
This video recording of my setting of O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman features East/West Quantum Leap (EWQL) Symphonic Choirs and Solo Trumpet (Hollywood Brass), and includes a selection of public domain art image stills of Abraham Lincoln, from years 1846 to 1865 (video image credits listed below).
The sheet music is free and I am happy to give permission to modify the score in any way desired: please contact me at sdpartlan at gmail dot com if you would like a copy of the score.
Technical details for the sound recording are provided at the bottom of this post.
O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won,
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.
O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills,
For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths—for you the shores a-crowding,
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
Here Captain! dear father!
This arm beneath your head!
It is some dream that on the deck,
You’ve fallen cold and dead.
My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still,
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will,
The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done,
From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won;
Exult O shores, and ring O bells!
But I with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.
VIDEO IMAGE CREDITS:
- Abraham Lincoln – George P.A. Healy (1813 – 1894) (American) (Artist, Details of artist on Google Art Project) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
- Quarter plate daguerreotype of Abraham Lincoln, Congressman-elect from Illinois. Nicholas H. Shepherd 1846 or 1847 – Library of Congress [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
- “Tough Campaigner for the Senate” Copy of a daguerreotype of Abraham Lincoln holding the antislavery newspaper Staat Zeitung. Polycarp Von Schneidau 1854 – Library of Congress [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
- “Abraham Lincoln: Immediately prior to Senate nomination, Chicago, Illinois” Alexander Hesler 1857 – Library of Congress [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
- Ambrotype of Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Byers 1858 – Daniel W. Stowell [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
- “Photograph of Abraham Lincoln by Samuel M. Fassett, Chicago, IL”
Samuel M. Fassett 1859 – mearsonlineauctions [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
- Full-length photograph of Abraham Lincoln. Unknown 1860 – Library of Congress [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
- Photograph of Abraham Lincoln. Mathew Brady 1861 – Library of Congress [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
- Abraham Lincoln and George B. McClellan in the general’s tent at Antietam, Maryland, October 3, 1862. Alexander Gardner 1862 – Library of Congress [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
- Abraham Lincoln at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. David Bachrach 1863 – Library of Congress [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
- President Abraham Lincoln and Tad Lincoln. Mathew Brady ca. 1860 – ca. 1865 – U.S. National Archives and Records Administration [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
- Abraham Lincoln, three-quarter length portrait, seated and holding his spectacles and a pencil. Alexander Gardner 5 February 1865 – Library of Congress [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
- Lincoln’s funeral on Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, D.C. : 1865 April 19 – Library of Congress [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
- Lincoln Memorial Jeff Kubina 16 August 2007 – Jeff Kubina, Licensed under Wikimedia Commons.
PC: Dell Inspiron Inspiron 17-7737 with 16 gig RAM and 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-4510U processor (4M Cache, up to 3.1 GHz)
Audio Interface: Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6
Headphones (for playback): Sennheiser HD-280 PRO
Notation Software: Sibelius 7.5
DAW: Cubase LE 6
EastWest Play: Version 4.2.2
Play Libraries: Hollywood Brass Diamond (Solo Trumpet Exp Vib Omni) and Symphonic Choirs Platinum (WB Soft Mod Boys and Tenors multis; boys on Sop I & II and Tenors on Tenor & Alto parts). All libraries located on external drive shipped with CCC 2 Pro.
Play Settings for Boys Sop I & Sop II & Tenors: stage mic, no reverb, Portamento ON, mixer gain 12 on each util except for Tenors Util Soft P6, which is set to 8 to reduce “sh” “k” “t” sounds.
Play Settings for Trumpet: Gain 0, Main mic.
Cubase mixer gains: Sop I 4.75, Sop II 2.8, Tenor 2.6, Alto -2.0, Trumpet 4.0, Master 6.02.
Wordbuilder votox text and setttings:
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‘T’ vol = 103 for most ‘T’s.
Schwa sound, e.g., “Trip” and “Ship” e vol = 40, len = 50 ms; E vol = 98
‘Ea’ blend, e.g., “nEar” E vol = 103, a vol = 11, full overlap.
‘r’ extended in “Turning” to overlap ‘u’