Walt Whitman’s poem A Child Said, What Is The Grass from his masterpiece Leaves of Grass is being put to music to be performed by a Dutch amateur brass band and a soprano. To that end the band has started a crowdfunding campaign. The premiere will take place on November 12th in Enschede.
The brass band DSS from Aarlanderveen, near Amsterdam, is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. It is celebrating this milestone by participating in the national competition for brass bands, and it hopes to win with this original composition. The soprano Fenna Ograjensek will sing the text of Whitman’s poem from Leaves of Grass, which appeared in 1855.