One Year 1914-1915 (1916)


One Year 1914-1915 (1916)

Baritone Steven Kirby sings Harry T. Burleigh's art song "One Year 1914-1915," accompanied by Kamel Boutros. Burleigh set Margaret M. Harlan's poem as the song text, which brings to life the costs of war, and the destruction of the First World War in particular. "It is to be wondered whether [Burleigh] himself knows how deep a note he has sounded in it," wrote Musical America in 1916. "For it is one of those cases of true simplicity of style, wherein greatness is to be found. Vital in every sense is this brief war essay.”

Kirby and Boutros performed as a part of the Harry T. Burleigh Society tribute to Burleigh's Annual Service of Negro Spirituals on Friday, March 31, 2017 at St. George's Church in New York City. 

Performance Venue: 

St. George's Church, New York City.


Burleigh, Harry T.

Date of Composition: 


Performing Artists:

  • Steven Kirby, baritone

  • Kamel Boutros, accompaniment