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Three Langston Hughes Songs for Soprano and Piano - Opus 12

By Daniel Carr

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Piano, Piano/Vocal/Chords, Voice, Soprano Voice - Advanced Intermediate
Composed by Daniel Carr. 21st Century, Jazz, Blues, Broadway, Pop. 26 pages. Daniel Carr #Nikoichi12. Published by Daniel Carr (S0.25061).

Item Number: S0.25061

Three Langston Hughes Songs for Soprano and Piano, Opus 12, were inspired by the wonderful, rhythmical poetry of Langston Hughes (1902-1967). These songs have a strong jazz influence and portray feelings of raw, unfiltered passion. They call for a theatrical performance. My interest in jazz music started with my dad who played trumpet and taught me clarinet as a youngster. One of my fondest musical memories is his laughter and pride as I would ‘improvise’ – by adding a few grace notes – to the end of Shoo, Fly, Don't Bother Me. While my interest in jazz waned for several years, it returned as I became more serious about composition and started to consider jazz a ‘bridge’ between the pop and classical worlds. I could imagine these songs being sung on a lazy, muggy afternoon in the Deep South. The notation of these works was somewhat challenging, as I wanted an improvised sound – with various note bends and occasional shrieks – while still keeping a clear, solid structure in each song. .

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