Dreamer - A Portrait of Langston Hughes

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Dreamer - A Portrait of Langston Hughes

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Naxos

Catalogue No:

8559136
(8.559136)

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1

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0636943913628

Length:

67 minutes

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Dreamer - A Portrait of Langston Hughes


Berger, Jean:

Carolina Cabin (from Four Songs of Langston Hughes)

Bonds:

The Negro Speaks of Rivers

Minstrel Man (from Three Dream Portraits)

Burleigh, H T:

Lovely, Dark and Lonely One

Davison:

In Time of Silver Rain (from Fields of Wonder)

Gordon, R I:

My People (from Genius Child)

Musto:

Island (from Shadow of the Blues)

Litany

Owens, R:

Heart (from Heart on the Wall)

Price, F:

Song to the Dark Virgin

Santos, Erik:

Dreamer - seven poems of Langston Hughes

Smith, Hale:

March Moon (from Beyond the Rim of Day)

Still, W G:

A Black Pierrot (from Songs of Separation)

Swanson:

Joy

Weill, K:

Lonely House from Street Scene

plus poems by Langston Hughes


Darryl Taylor (tenor), Maria Corley (piano), William Warfield (narrator)

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The composer Elie Siegmeister once declared of Langston Hughes (1902-1967) that he was the “most musical poet of the twentieth century”. True or false, this judgement underscores the unquestionable fact that much of Hughes’s poetry lends itself fairly readily to musical setting, and that, for Hughes, music was perhaps a principal inspiration behind his writing. From popular forms to the more demanding jazz and classical repertoire, Langston Hughes found inspiration in the work of musicians. He adored music and took pride in the fascination that his poems and plays inspired in composers and performers.

This collection of songs written by 20th Century American composers on the poet's texts celebrates the centenary of his birth.

Langston Hughes: My People

My People

Robert Lee Owens: Heart on the Wall: Heart

Heart on the Wall: Heart

John Musto: Shadow of the Blues

Shadow of the Blues: Island

Langston Hughes: The Weary Blues

The Weary Blues

John Musto: Shadow of the Blues

Shadow of the Blues: Litany

William Grant Still: Songs of Separation

Songs of Separation: A Black Pierrot

Hale Smith: Beyond the Rim of Day

Beyond the Rim of Day: March Moon

Langston Hughes: Negro

Negro

Margaret Allison Bonds: The Negro Speaks of Rivers

The Negro Speaks of Rivers

Ricky Ian Gordon: Genius Child: My People

Genius Child: My People

Florence Beatrice Price: Songs to the Dark Virgin

Song to the Dark Virgin

Langston Hughes: Evil

Evil

Howard Swanson: Joy

Joy

Kurt Weill: Street Scene

Street Scene: Lonely House

Margaret Allison Bonds: 3 Dream Portraits

Three Dream Portraits: Minstrel Man

Langston Hughes: Sunday Morning Prophecy

Sunday Morning Prophecy

Harriette Davison: Fields of Wonder: In Time of Silver Rain

Fields of Wonder: In Time of Silver Rian

Jean Berger: 4 Songs

Four Songs of Langston Hughes: Carolina Cabin

Langston Hughes: Madam and the Census Taker

Madam and the Census Taker

Henry Harry Thacker Burleigh: Lovely dark and lonely one

Lovely, Dark and Lonely One

Langston Hughes: Sylvester's Dying Bed

Sylvester's Dying Bed

Erik Santos: Dreamer

Sandman / Birth

Bound No'th Blues

To Artina

Down where I am

The Dream Weaver / Bouquet

Langston Hughes: Still Here

Still Here

creativefolk.com

“This collection is a gem! Langston Hughes was a very "musical" poet who was inspired by a variety of forms, from jazz to classical. His poetry in turn inspired a whole generation of composers, thirteen of whom are represented here in fifteen art songs. Additionally, eight Hughes poems are read by William Warfield.”

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