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Black Bottom Stomp : As Recorded by Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers, 1926.

Publisher: Jazz At Lincoln Center
Series: Essential Jazz Editions
, Set 1

A transcription by Don Vappie of this seminal recording by Morton from the mid 1920s. With an introduction and notes on performance.


Starburst : For String Orchestra.

Publisher: Jessie Montgomery

In one movement. A brief, lively work for strings. Duration ca. 3 minutes.


Oxford Book Of Spirituals / edited by Moses Hogan.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN13: 9780193863040

A collection of 28 spiritual arrangements, first published between 1914 and 2001, by several different arrangers and composers. With an introduction, notes on the composers and arrangers, and a note on dialect by James Weldon Johnson.


Concerto In One Movement; Symphony In E Minor. [CD]

Publisher: Albany Records

With Karen Walwyn, piano. Leslie Dunner conducts the New Black Repertory Ensemble.


Sonata : For Violin and Piano / edited by Helen Walker-Hill & Gregory Walker.

Publisher: Vivace Press

Born in Chicago, Smith studied composition with Stella Roberts and Leo Sowerby Also among her teachers, Irving Fine and Nadia Boulanger. The present three- movement work was composed in 1947.


The Blue Bag : For Clarinet and Piano (2011).

Publisher: Theodore Presser Co.

In one movement. With a program note. Dedicated to Anthony McGill. The music was inspired by singers such as Nancy Wilson, Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, and Aretha Franklin. The clarinet part includes sections of improvisation on the blues scale. Duration ca. 6 minutes. Custom print edition.


Sence You Went Away, From Nightsongs : For High Voice and Chamber Orchestra (2017).

Publisher: American Composers Alliance

This orchestral song sets a poem by James Weldon Johnson. With a biographical note. Originally composed with piano accompaniment, this version is scored for four winds, two horns, harp, and strings.


Cairo Songbook : Song Cycle For Mezzo-Soprano and Piano (2014).

Publisher: American Composers Alliance

Contents: 1. The Callings -- 2. The Monkey Has Died -- 3. The Tallest Man in the World -- 4. Coptic Cairo: The Hanging Church. Commissioned by Janet Anderson Bennett in memory of Lerone Bennett, III. Texts by T. J. Anderson III.


Atwood Songs : For Soprano and Piano.

Publisher: Peermusic Classical
ISBN13: 9781540036704

Contents: 1. Notes towards a poem that can never be written -- 2. Memory -- 3. Eating Fire -- 4. Habitation -- 5. Four Evasions. Dedicated to Eileen Strempel and Sylvie Beaudette. Texts by Margaret Atwood. Of advanced difficulty.

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From The Dark Tower : For Mezzo-Soprano and Orchestra (1972).

Publisher: American Composers Alliance

Contents: I. O Black and Unknown Bards -- II. Willow Bend and Weep -- III. Dream Variation -- IV. From the Dark Tower. Texts by various authors. Printed from manuscript.


Scenes From The Song Of Hiawatha : Hiawatha's Departure, Op. 30 No. 4.

Publisher: Musikproduktion Juergen Hoeflich
Series: Repertoire Explorer

The final section of a large trilogy for choir and orchestra. It was composed during the composer's honeymoon. This edition reprints an early publication of the score. With a preface in German and English.


Homesick Blues, From The Wider View : For High and Low Voice and Piano (1988).

Publisher: American Composers Alliance

A song on a text by Langston Hughes. The music speaks of a longing for home in a venacular style.


Heaven On Mother Earth : For Mixed Chorus and Piano (2016).

Publisher: American Composers Alliance

In one movement. This work sets a text by Matthew Mevayerho Umukoro. The music is challenging and features changing, complex meters.


Sunscapes : For Concert Band (2017).

Publisher: Barnhouse

In one movement. With program, performance and biographical notes. Commissioned by the Florida Bandmasters Association for its 2017 Nine Star Honor Band. This exciting work depicts the lively and sunny nature of the state of Florida.


Spirit Songs : For Cello and Piano (1993).

Publisher: American Composers Alliance

Contents: 1. Call and Response -- IIa. Gospels -- IIb. Serenades I and II -- IIc. Vamp I -- IId. Serenade III -- IIe. Serenade IV -- IIf. Vamp II -- III. Shouts. Commissioned by Yo-Yo Ma. The Serenades are for solo instruments, although Serenades I (piano) and II (cello) are to be performed at the…


Black Velvet : For Solo Marimba (2004).

Publisher: Edition Svitzer

In one movement. With program and biographical notes. Zeltsman is an American percussionist and composer living in Boston. This piece was inspired by the composer's dog. Of advanced difficulty.


Art Songs and Spirituals by African-American Women Composers / Ed. by Vivian Taylor.

Publisher: Hildegard Music

With introduction and biographical sketches on each of the composers represen- ted: Betty Jackson King, Undine Smith Moore, Julia Perry, Margaret Bonds, Florence Price.


Abaana Bange Na-Ka-Lwa : For Soprano Saxophone, Electric Guitar and Marimba.

Publisher: International Opus

A one-movement work in traditional African style, despite its instrumentation which suggests jazz or rock influences. The composer uses the different instruments to portray the different characteristics of his children. Duration: 9 minutes. With program notes by the composer.

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