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American Classics - Dreamer - A Portrait Of Langston Hughes


Release Date: 09/17/2002 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559136   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  William Grant StillMargaret BondsKurt WeillHenry Thacker Burleigh,   ... 
Performer:  Darryl TaylorMaria CorleyErik SantosPatricia Terry-Ross
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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 facts that much of Hughes’s poetry lends itself fairly readily to musical setting, and that, for Hughes, music was perhaps the primary inspiration, other than the history and culture of African-Americans in general, for his writing.
In the early 1920s, before the blossoming of the Harlem Renaissance, the young poet turned away from traditional verse and boldly linked his literary art to jazz and the blues. His first volume of verse, appropriately enough, was The Weary Blues (1926). The result of this fusion was a new kind of poetry that
Read more formed the foundation of Hughes’s later literary career and inspired eventually a new approach to writing by African-Americans. However, also starting in the 1920s, Hughes lovingly created a body of lyrical poems that appealed consistently to musicians both white and black, and led to the composition of art songs, cantatas, and even operas. This breadth of interest and appeal was typical of Langston Hughes.- Dr. Arnold Rampersad

"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." - creativefolk.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Songs of Separation: A Black Pierrot by William Grant Still
Performer:  Darryl Taylor (Tenor), Maria Corley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: English 
2.
The Negro speaks of rivers by Margaret Bonds
Performer:  Maria Corley (Piano), Darryl Taylor (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a reading of Langston Hughes' poem "Negro,"
narrated by William Warfield. 
3.
Dream Portraits (3): no 1, Minstrel Man by Margaret Bonds
Performer:  Maria Corley (Piano), Darryl Taylor (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1959; USA 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: English 
4.
Street Scene: Lonely house by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Maria Corley (Piano), Darryl Taylor (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USA 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: English 
5.
Lovely Dark and Lonely One by Henry Thacker Burleigh
Performer:  Maria Corley (Piano), Darryl Taylor (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; USA 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a reading of Langston Hughes' poem "Madam and the Census Taker," narrated by William Warfield. 
6.
Heart on the Wall: Heart by Robert Owens
Performer:  Darryl Taylor (Tenor), Maria Corley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1968; Germany 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: English 
7.
Shadow of the Blues: Litany by John Musto
Performer:  Maria Corley (Piano), Darryl Taylor (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; USA 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a reading of Langston Hughes' poem "The Weary Blues," narrated by William Warfield. 
8.
Shadow of the Blues: Island by John Musto
Performer:  Maria Corley (Piano), Darryl Taylor (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; USA 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Length: 1 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: English 
9.
Beyond the Rim of Day: March Moon by Hale Smith
Performer:  Maria Corley (Piano), Darryl Taylor (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; USA 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: English 
10.
Genius Child: My People by Ricky Ian Gordon
Performer:  Maria Corley (Piano), Darryl Taylor (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1992; New York, USA 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: English 
11.
Joy by Howard Swanson
Performer:  Maria Corley (Piano), Darryl Taylor (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USA 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Length: 0 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a reading of Langston Hughes' poem "Evil," narrated by William Warfield. 
12.
Fields of Wonder: In Time of Silver Rain by Harriette Davison
Performer:  Maria Corley (Piano), Darryl Taylor (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Length: 1 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a reading of Langston Hughes' poem "Sunday Morning Prophecy," narrated by William Warfield. 
13.
Songs (4) on texts by Langston Hughes: Carolina Cabin by Jean Berger
Performer:  Darryl Taylor (Tenor), Maria Corley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: English 
14.
Dreamer by Erik Santos
Performer:  Erik Santos (Piano), Patricia Terry-Ross (Harp), Darryl Taylor (Tenor),
Darryl Taylor (Spoken Vocals)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2001; USA 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Length: 24 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a reading of Langston Hughes' poem "Sylvester's Dying Bed" and, it is followed by a reading of Langston Hughes' "Still Here." 
15.
Songs to the Dark Virgin by Florence Beatrice Price
Performer:  Darryl Taylor (Tenor), Maria Corley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1941; USA 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

My People
Heart on the Wall: Heart
Shadow of the Blues: Island
The Weary Blues
Shadow of the Blues: Litany
Songs of Separation: A Black Pierrot
Beyond the Rim of Day: March Moon
Negro
The Negro Speaks of Rivers
Genius Child: My People
Songs to the Dark Virgin: Song to the Dark Virgin
Evil
Joy
Street Scene: Lonely House
3 Dream Portraits: Three Dream Portraits: Minstrel Man
Sunday Morning Prophecy
Fields of Wonder: In Time of Silver Rain: Fields of Wonder: In Time of Silver Rian
4 Songs: Four Songs of Langston Hughes: Carolina Cabin
Madam and the Census Taker
Lovely dark and lonely one: Lovely, Dark and Lonely One
Sylvester's Dying Bed
Dreamer: Sandman / Birth
Dreamer: Bound No'th Blues
Dreamer: To Artina
Dreamer: Down where I am
Dreamer: The Dream Weaver / Bouquet
Still Here

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