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Let Me Fly - Music Of Struggle And Survival In Black America


Release Date: 12/26/2006 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 896   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  TraditionalHenry Thacker BurleighRobert DeCormier
Performer:  Louise de CormierJonita Lattimore
Conductor:  Robert DeCormier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Counterpoint Vocal EnsembleContrepoint
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Directed by the renowned Robert De Cormier, the professional vocal ensemble Counterpoint debuted in 2000. Dedicated to promoting choral chamber music and giving the public the opportunity to hear rarely performed works and unique arrangements, their concerts and recordings have a devoted following. In addition to this new CD, they can be heard on Albany TROY676, 746, 801 and 823. De Cormier writes, " I have been involved in African-American music, in one way or another, for almost 60 years. In 1948 I became the music director at Camp Unity, an interracial holiday camp, whose clientele were just about half black, one-half white. Every Sunday a chorus would be recruited from the new campers and rehearsals would begin on Monday. On Friday or Read more Saturday night we would perform together as part of the weekend program. Almost every concert included some African-American music...in 1963 the De Cormier Singers, a professional vocal ensemble, made its debut in New York City. For the next 25 years we toured the United States and Canada. We were always an interracial group and the concert programs almost always included African-American material. Many of the songs on this new CD were originally arranged for them. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Ezekiel saw the wheel by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert DeCormier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Counterpoint Vocal Ensemble
Written: USA 
2.
Walk Together Children by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert DeCormier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Counterpoint Vocal Ensemble
Written: USA 
3.
Bye and bye by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert DeCormier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Counterpoint Vocal Ensemble
Written: USA 
4.
Ain't that good news by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert DeCormier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Counterpoint Vocal Ensemble
Written: USA 
5.
John Henry by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert DeCormier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Contrepoint,  Counterpoint Vocal Ensemble
Written: USA 
6.
My Lord, What a Mornin' by Henry Thacker Burleigh
Conductor:  Robert DeCormier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Counterpoint Vocal Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
7.
Amen by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert DeCormier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Counterpoint Vocal Ensemble
Written: USA 
8.
Now let me fly by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert DeCormier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Counterpoint Vocal Ensemble
9.
Hold on by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert DeCormier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Counterpoint Vocal Ensemble
10.
Ride on, King Jesus! by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert DeCormier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Counterpoint Vocal Ensemble
11.
Hear de Lambs A-Cryin' by Henry Thacker Burleigh
Conductor:  Robert DeCormier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Counterpoint Vocal Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; USA 
12.
Rainbow 'round my shoulder by Robert DeCormier
Performer:  Louise de Cormier (Spoken Vocals), Jonita Lattimore (Soprano)
Conductor:  Robert DeCormier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Counterpoint Vocal Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; USA 

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