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Langston Hughes

Born: 1901. Died: 1967. James Mercer Langston Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri. He moved to New York City as a young man, where he made his career. One of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry, Hughes is best known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance. He famously wrote about the period that "the negro was in vogue", which was later paraphrased as "when Harlem was in vogue."

Growing up in a series of Midwestern towns, Hughes became a prolific writer at an early age. He graduated from high school in Cleveland, Ohio and soon began studies at Columbia University in New York City. Although he dropped out, he gained notice from New York publishers, first in The Crisis magazine, and then from book publishers and became known in the creative community in Harlem. He eventually graduated from Lincoln University. In addition to poetry, Hughes wrote plays, and short stories. He also published several non-fiction works. From 1942 to 1962, as the civil rights movement was gaining traction, he wrote an in-depth weekly column in a leading black newspaper, The Chicago Defender.

Langston Hughes : Dream of Freedom : SATB : 01 Songbook : 884088518851 : 08711531

Langston Hughes : Dream of Freedom

The poetry of Langston Hughes inspires this 25-minute choral suite, telling a story of many aspects of life, prayer, love, death, and perseverance. Through it all, these elements play into our constant struggle to be free, where freedom means more than just a word. For SATB voices, soloists and piano, movements include: Wisdom, Feet o' Jesus, Silence, Lonesome Corner, Autumn Thought, Still Here, Dream of Freedom, Words Like Freedom. Total Duration: ca: 25:00.

Songlist: Wisdom, Silence, Lonesome Corner, Feet O' Jesus, Still Here, Words Like Freedom

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Voicing: SATB | 4237b | Songbook | $5.95


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Give Us Our Peace : SATB : Rollo Dilworth : Rollo Dilworth : Songbook : 00288978 : 888680914714

Rollo Dilworth : Give Us Our Peacenew

The great poet and essayist Langston Hughes used the power of words to speak out against racism, division, poverty and greed. In this new setting of the poem Give Us Our Peace, we first hear the African American spiritual I've Been in the Storm So Long. Once the historical context is established, a treble chorus - representing the role of innocent children - enter singing Dona Nobis Pacem (grant us peace). Finally, the mixed chorus enters with the bluesy/gospel theme that carries the rest of the song. Powerful and inspiring.

Composer: Rollo Dilworth | Poetry By: Langston Hughes

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.95 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00288978


Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around : SSA : Rollo Dilworth : Sheet Music : 00114508 : 884088874407

Rollo Dilworth : Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around

This Freedom Song was sung as an anthem of protest during the Civil Rights Movement to spread the message of faith, determination and perseverance of the people who sang them. The composer has combined this with original music to the words of the Langston Hughes poem Words Like Freedom to create a wonderful showcase for treble voices.

Arranger: Rollo Dilworth | Poetry By: Langston Hughes

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00114508


America, the Dream : SATB : Rollo Dilworth : Rollo Dilworth : Sheet Music : 00254529 : 888680721527

Rollo Dilworth : America, the Dream

Written as a celebration of singing for racial and social justice this powerful work sets the 11th stanza of the Langston Hughes poem Freedom's Plow. Opening with a quote from America (My Country, 'Tis of Thee), the listener is reminded of one of America's most important ideals - freedom. This work serves as a prequel to Rollo's 2009 setting of the poem's 12th and final stanza, also entitled Freedom's Plow (00114463). The two pieces can be performed separately or as a set.

Composer: Rollo Dilworth | Poetry By: Langston Hughes

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.50 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00254529


Boogie 1 A.M. : SATB : Dave Brubeck : Dave Brubeck : Sheet Music : 00-OCT9914 : 029156989328

Dave Brubeck : Boogie 1 A.M.

Dave Brubeck has masterfully adapted the words of Langston Hughes to bring us this exceptional new choral work. This is one of four new chorals adapted from the larger work HOLD FAST TO DREAMS. Inspiring and wonderful music!

Composer: Dave Brubeck | Poetry By: Langston Hughes

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $3.50 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-OCT9914


Daybreak in Alabama : SSAA : Kirke Mechem : Kirke Mechem : Sheet Music : 50497641 : 884088662738 : 1480308706

Kirke Mechem : Daybreak in Alabama

With a special connection to the poetry of Langston Hughes, Kirke Mechem has written a new, a cappella spiritual. Opening with a musical statement by a soprano soloist, the soloist is featured throughout. In a typical, Mechem musical style, this tour de force is lush and new and emotional. Duration: ca. 3:00.

Composer: Kirke Mechem | Poetry By: Langston Hughes

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 50497641


Daybreak in Alabama : SATB : Kirke Mechem : Kirke Mechem : Sheet Music : 50497642 : 884088662745 : 1480308714

Kirke Mechem : Daybreak in Alabama

With a special connection to the poetry of Langston Hughes, Kirke Mechem has written a new, a cappella spiritual. Opening with a musical statement by a soprano soloist, the soloist is featured throughout. In a typical, Mechem musical style, this tour de force is lush and new and emotional. Duration: ca. 3:00.

Composer: Kirke Mechem | Poetry By: Langston Hughes

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 50497642


Dream of Freedom : 2-Part : Rollo Dilworth : Sheet Music : 00215277 : 888680664411

Rollo Dilworth : Dream of Freedom

Original music to a text by Langston Hughes combine with the old spiritual Oh, Freedom to create a gospel showcase for young singers that will build vocal and performance skills through the message of freedom for all. Perfect for honor choirs, MLK concerts and many other types of programs.

Arranger: Rollo Dilworth | Poetry By: Langston Hughes

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $2.10 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00215277


Dreams : 3-Part : Lon Beery : Lon Beery : Sheet Music : 08602141 : 073999957402

Lon Beery : Dreams

This popular Langston Hughes poem has been imaginatively set for young choral ensembles by Lon Beery. An excellent 3-part mixed selection, it also includes an optional baritone part for young men whose voices have dropped, allowing the choral director to adjust the arrangemnet to fit the needs of the choir. Gentle flute obbligato. Available: 3-Part Mixed. Performance Time: Approx. 2:50.

Composer: Lon Beery | Poetry By: Langston Hughes

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Voicing: 3-Part | Sheet Music | $2.35 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08602141


Dreams : 2-Part : Rollo Dilworth : Rollo Dilworth : Sheet Music : 08744453 : 073999478174

Rollo Dilworth : Dreams

The inspirational text of Langston Hughes is set perfectly for young voices by Rollo Dilworth. An easy vocal ostinato works with the accompaniment to support the lyric. Available separately: 2-Part. Performance Time: Approx. 3:00.

Composer: Rollo Dilworth | Poetry By: Langston Hughes

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $1.90 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08744453


Dreams : SATB : Rollo Dilworth : Rollo Dilworth : Sheet Music : 08749867 : 884088331320

Rollo Dilworth : Dreams

The inspirational text of a Langston Hughes poem is set perfectly with an easy vocal ostinato to support the lyric. Available separately: SATB, 2-Part. Duration: 3:00.

Composer: Rollo Dilworth | Poetry By: Langston Hughes

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.10 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08749867


Freedom's Plow : SATB Divisi : Rollo Dilworth : Sheet Music : 00114463 : 884088872663

Rollo Dilworth : Freedom's Plow

Quotes of the beloved spiritual Hold On are combined with excerpts from Freedom's Plow by Langston Hughes in this powerful and dramatic work commissioned by the St. Louis Symphony. Themes of the struggle for liberty and justice throughout America and the world make this a magnificent concert closer for festival and community performances with keyboard, bass and drums or the optional orchestral accompaniment! Available separately: SATB divisi, Orchestra score and parts (fl, ob, cl, bn, hn, tpt 1-3, tbn 1-2 (btbn), bells, perc 1-2, vn 1-2, va, vc, db). Duration: ca. 5:00.

Arranger: Rollo Dilworth | Poetry By: Langston Hughes

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Voicing: SATB Divisi | Sheet Music | $2.50 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00114463


Fulfillment : SATB Divisi : 0 : Sheet Music : WW1539 : 888680047160

Fulfillment

The first work in the set, Perspectives, by Dwight Bigler, featuring poetry by Langston Hughes. A light and bouncy melody with the piano as an equal and important voice. The work captures the joy and innocence of childhood expressed in the text.

Poetry By: Langston Hughes

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Voicing: SATB Divisi | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| WW1539


I Dream a World : SATB Divisi : 0 : Sheet Music : WW1541 : 888680037598

I Dream a World

I Dream a World is the third and final piece in the set, Perspectives. It is an eloquent expression of hope for a world where all of humankind treats each other with love, respect and selflessness. The better we learn to do this, the more freedom, peace and joy will attend, as Langston Hughes says, the needs of all mankind.

Poetry By: Langston Hughes

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Voicing: SATB Divisi | Sheet Music | $2.35 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| WW1541


I Dream a World : SATB : Joan Szymko : Joan Szymko : Sheet Music : SBMP736 : 964807007368

Joan Szymko : I Dream a World

The famous text is set to a beautiful melody with a dramatic buildup midway emphasizing the powerful meaning herein. The treble version of this piece has been extremely popular. We are pleased that mixed voice choirs can now experience Szymko's special treatment of Langston Hughes's beloved poem.

Composer: Joan Szymko | Poetry By: Langston Hughes

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| SBMP736


I Dream a World : SSA : Rollo Dilworth : Rollo Dilworth : Sheet Music : 08745612 : 884088076740

Rollo Dilworth : I Dream a World

A poem by Langston Hughes forms the lyric framework for this 3-part setting. Begnning with a joyous gospel opening with three layered vocal parts, the work unfolds into a powerful affirmation of the human spirit.Available separately: 3-Part Treble, Instrumental ePak (parts for Alto Sax, Trumpet 1 & 2, Electric Bass, Drums, Violin 1 & 2, Viola and Cello) and VoiceTrax CD. Performance Time: Approx. 3:20

Composer: Rollo Dilworth | Poetry By: Langston Hughes

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08745612 | Voicetrax CD Available


I Dream a World : SATB : Rollo Dilworth : Rollo Dilworth : Sheet Music : 08749866 : 884088329341

Rollo Dilworth : I Dream a World

Featuring Langston Hughes poetry, this work begins with a joyous gospel opening with three layered vocal parts, and then unfolds into a powerful affirmation of the human spirit. Available separately: SATB, 3-Part Treble, VoiceTrax for 3-Part Treble, Instrumental parts available digitally (asx, tpt 1, tpt 2, b, dm, vn 1, vn 2, va, vc). Duration: ca. 3:20.

Composer: Rollo Dilworth | Poetry By: Langston Hughes

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08749866 | Voicetrax CD Available


I Dream a World : SSA : Peter Robb : Peter Robb : Sheet Music : 08754417 : 884088640439

Peter Robb : I Dream a World

A poem by Langston Hughes forms the framework for this 3-part treble setting. A powerful affirmation of the human spirit, and an excellent selection for treble choirs in high school and up, or better children's choirs.

Composer: Peter Robb | Poetry By: Langston Hughes

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08754417


I Dream a World : SATB : David L. Brunner : Sheet Music : 48023334 : 888680033378

David L. Brunner : I Dream a World

This classic and inspirational text by Langston Hughes is appropriate in school or church. And it is a great vehicle for teaching your singers about hopes and dreams and that their dreams can make a difference. David's music is tuneful and sturdy and strong and a wonderful concert closer. Sing as though your dream can make a difference is a message we all need to hear and sing. Duration: Ca. 4 minutes

Arranger: David L. Brunner | Poetry By: Langston Hughes

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.10 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48023334


I Dream a World : SATB divisi : Connor J. Koppin : Missouri State University Chamber Choir : Sheet Music : WJMS1163 : 78514700616

Connor J. Koppin : I Dream a World

Written in memory of Benjamin, Charlie, and Bailey Bartlett, the composer has created a gorgeous and tender work that truly brings light to a darkened world. The piano, cello, viola, and voices fit together seamlessly. The part-writing will offer a challenge for your choir, while the memorable melody will stick with your singers, being a lifelong lesson that will come back to them in difficult times. Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series.

Arranger: Connor J. Koppin | Poetry By: Langston Hughes Performed By: Missouri State University Chamber Choir

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Voicing: SATB divisi | Sheet Music | $2.85 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| WJMS1163


I, Too, Sing America : tb : Gwyneth Walker : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 8051

Gwyneth Walker : I, Too, Sing America

"The Langston Hughes poem 'I, Too' is a powerful statement by an African-American writer. Although too often denied equal opportunity or respectful treatment in this country, the author claims his right as an American: 'I, too, sing America.'

The musical setting interprets this phrase literally. Not only does the author sing praises of his country, he also sings the words to the patriotic song, 'America' ('My Country, 'Tis of Thee,' lyrics by Samuel Francis Smith: 1808-1895).

The text of this song has been adapted to include references to African-American experiences:
'Land where my fathers died, in bondage, in battle' (slavery, military service);
'Land of my mothers' pride, with dignity and daring' (Rosa Parks).
No longer relegated to eating in the kitchen (as a servant), the proud African-
American states, 'I, too, sing America. I am America.'
This is my country!" -Gwyneth Walker

Composer: Gwyneth Walker | Poetry By: Langston Hughes

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Voicing: tb | Sheet Music | $2.60 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 8051


In Time of Silver Rain : SATB : John Purifoy : Sheet Music : 00142357 : 888680048426

John Purifoy : In Time of Silver Rain

Now available in an SATB voicing! The subtle imagery of an awakening spring is perfectly displayed in this exquisite work set to a Langston Hughes text. Not to be missed!

Arranger: John Purifoy | Poetry By: Langston Hughes

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00142357


In Time of Silver Rain : SSA : 0 : Sheet Music : 08703110 : 073999597783

In Time of Silver Rain

The subtle imagery of an awakening spring is perfectly displayed in this exquisite work for treble voices set to a Langston Hughes text. Not to be missed! Available: SSA. Performance Time: Approx. 2:40.

Poetry By: Langston Hughes

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $1.90 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08703110


In Time of Silver Rain : SATB Divisi : Rollo Dilworth : Sheet Music : 08711566 : 884088645984

Rollo Dilworth : In Time of Silver Rain

Celebrate the new life that spring brings in this work that is based on a Langston Hughes text and features a baritone soloist, call and response phrases between upper and lower voices, and finally a layered gospel-style section with sopranos floating on top with the text in time of silver rain when spring and life are new. A companion work to When Storms Arise (HL08711567) and Didn't It Rain (HL08711568). Duration: ca. 4:00.

Arranger: Rollo Dilworth | Poetry By: Langston Hughes

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Voicing: SATB Divisi | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08711566


In Time of Silver Rain : SSA : Rene Clausen : Rene Clausen : Sheet Music : 15-2704R : 9781429115223

Rene Clausen : In Time of Silver Rain

Commissioned by the Texas Choral Directors Association for their 2009 honor choir, this lush setting of a classic Langston Hughes text uses the full range and dynamics of the woman's voice. Dr. Clausen has crafted a piece that will find its way on festival lists for years to come.

Composer: Rene Clausen | Poetry By: Langston Hughes

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $2.10 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 15-2704R


Listen Here : SATB divisi : Sally Lamb McCune : Sally Lamb McCune : Sheet Music : 00325438 : 888680986308

Sally Lamb McCune : Listen Here

The poetry of Langston Hughes has a natural rhythm to it. This music is urgent and driven and calls on the singers to produce a wide range of dynamics and emotions and, of course, rhythm.

Composer: Sally Lamb McCune | Poetry By: Langston Hughes

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Voicing: SATB divisi | Sheet Music | $2.50 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00325438


Mother to Son : SATB Divisi : 0 : Sheet Music : WW1540 : 888680047177

Mother to Son

The second work in the set, Perspectives, by Dwight Bigler, featuring poetry by Langston Hughes. The text expresses the wisdom and courage gained by age and passed from generation to generation. The use of jazz elements in both the piano and vocal lines capture the vernacular language of the poetry.

Poetry By: Langston Hughes

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Voicing: SATB Divisi | Sheet Music | $2.35 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| WW1540


The Dream Keeper : 2-Part : Rollo Dilworth : Rollo Dilworth : Sheet Music : 08745611 : 884088076733 : 1458423999

Rollo Dilworth : The Dream Keeper

A persistent underlying rhythm gives this setting of the Langston Hughes poem a powerful and mysterious drive. The vocal parts are accessible and the acoustic bass and conga drums add to the overall impact. Dreams and I Dream A World are available separately. Performance Time: Approx. 2:50

Composer: Rollo Dilworth | Poetry By: Langston Hughes

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $1.90 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08745611


The Dream Keeper : SATB : Rollo Dilworth : Rollo Dilworth : Sheet Music : 08749868 : 884088348472

Rollo Dilworth : The Dream Keeper

A persistent underlying rhythm gives this setting of the Langston Hughes poem a powerful and mysterious drive. Available separately: SATB, 2-Part. Instrumental parts available digitally (bass, congas). Duration: ca. 2:50.

Composer: Rollo Dilworth | Poetry By: Langston Hughes

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.90 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08749868


To Sit and Dream : SATB Divisi : Rosephanye Powell : Rosephanye Powell : Sheet Music : 08711521 : 884088474928

Rosephanye Powell : To Sit and Dream

To sit and dream, to sit and read, To sit and learn about the world These words from a poem by Langston Hughes invite us to reach toward dreams of a better world and a more just society. The bluesy choral setting will be an excellent selection for mixed choirs in high school and up. Available: SATB divisi. Duration: ca. 5:00.

Composer: Rosephanye Powell | Poetry By: Langston Hughes

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Voicing: SATB Divisi | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08711521

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