Commissioned by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus
As Long As We Live began its life as a song for singer/pianist/composer Gabriel Kahane. The text, by Walt Whitman, is an excerpt from “Song of the Open Road,” which first appeared in his 1856 collection Leaves of Grass. The original version of As Long As We Live was generously commissioned by Linda and Stuart Nelson.
— Missy Mazzoli
Walt Whitman, from Song of the Open Road
May 5 2012
Brooklyn Youth Chorus
Brooklyn Academy of Music