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Harlem Songs: No. 2 Harlem Night Song

By Gwyneth W. Walker

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TTBB choir, piano
Composed by Gwyneth W. Walker (1947-). 21st Century. Octavo. Published by E.C. Schirmer Publishing (EC.7295).

Item Number: EC.7295

ISBN 600313472954. 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.

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