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Kids Commute: Emily Dickinson week!

Emily Dickinson

Feathers and frogs and bugles, oh my! We’re getting poetic as we explore musical settings of Emily Dickinson's poems this week.

With more than 1800 poems, American poet Emily Dickinson's words live on through an especially large breadth of musical works!

Composers like Aaron Copland, George Walker, Eric Whitacre and Gwyneth Walker set Dickinson's poems to music. We'll hear a different musical setting every day this week.

Her writing didn't follow literary conventions; she often used dashes rather than periods and commas and capitalized words in the middles of sentences.

Many of Emily Dickinson's handwritten poems still survive, like this one, "Forbidden fruit a flavor has."

Our good friend Sara Hartley helped us make this week of Kids Commute. She read the Emily Dickinson poems that you'll hear on each episode of the show.

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Sara Hartley in character as Emily Dickinson
Kids Commute - EMILY DICKINSON WEEK! Monday: I Went to Heaven (George Walker)
George Walker, piano/Alison Buchanan, soprano
Kids Commute - EMILY DICKINSON WEEK! Tuesday: Hope (with Feathers) (Gwyneth Walker)
Michelle Areyzaga, soprano/Dana Brown, piano
Kids Commute - EMILY DICKINSON WEEK! Wednesday: Dear March (Aaron Copland)
Dawn Upshaw, soprano/Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Kids Commute - EMILY DICKINSON WEEK! Thursday: i hide myself (Eric Whitacre)
Brigham Young University Singers/Ronald Staheli
Kids Commute - EMILY DICKINSON WEEK! Friday: There Came a Wind Like a Bugle (Lee Hoiby)
Leontyne Price, soprano/David Garvey, piano

Want to learn more about Emily Dickinson? You can take a virtual tour of her house!

You can also listen to a lot more musical settings of Emily Dickinson's poems in the on-demand playlist below.

This week's Kids Commute episodes were produced with support from Delia Zaleski, Emily Duncan Wilson, Amanda Sewell and Joseph Levesque.

Our special thanks to our Emily Dickinson, Sara Hartley!

Kate Botello is a host and producer at Classical IPR.