The Civil War – My Name is Frederick Douglass

The Civil War is a 1998 musical with book by Gregory Boyd and Frank Wildhorn, lyrics by Jack Murphy, and music by Frank Wildhorn.  This musical takes the audience back into the 1860s to experience life during the American Civil War through Union soldiers, Confederate soldiers, and slaves’ perspectives.  One of the songs, “My Name is Frederick Douglass” stands out from the rest, when the character Frederick Douglass stands alone, pouring his story of struggle to the audience, while a choir hums behind him with a piano.  Although the melody of the choir is simple, it simultaneously conveys Douglass’s hardships and a hope for a better tomorrow through solo trills.  Each repetition grows in intensity and strength, emphasizing that “where slavery is, liberty cannot be.”

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by | March 1, 2012 · 9:36 pm

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