Harlem Night Song
SATB choir and piano
No. 2 from "Harlem Songs". Composed by Gwyneth W. Walker (1947-). Secular, 21st Century. Octavo. 20 pages. Duration 3 minutes, 15 seconds; 11 minutes for all. Published by E.C. Schirmer Publishing (EC.5770).
Item Number: EC.5770
8.5" x 11" inches. Text: Langston Hughes.
Harlem Night Song is infused with the language of blues: mixed major and minor tonalities, a gentle tempo, humming. The music is also nocturnal and atmospheric. The chorus sings "I love you", as if calling back and forth across the Harlem rooftops. A change of pace follows in the middle of the piece: "Down in the street, a band is playing" Scat singing, percussive vocal effects and random patterns of "I love you" bring this work to a close. c. 3:15.