The Music of Langston Hughes

Give Us Our Peace – SATB


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Give Us Our Peace

Craig Hella Johnson Choral Series

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.


A Little About “Give Us Our Peace” and Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes, born in 1902, was a prominent American poet and social activist whose poignant words continue to resonate. His poem “Give Us Our Peace” stands as a powerful call for justice and equality. Hughes used his literary prowess to highlight the struggles of African Americans during the turbulent times of racial segregation and injustice in the United States.

In “Give Us Our Peace,” Hughes eloquently captures the desire for peace and freedom amidst adversity. His verses address the enduring quest for equality and civil rights, inspiring generations to stand up against oppression.

As a key figure of the Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes utilized his craft to shed light on the African American experience, ultimately contributing to the broader fight for civil rights. Through works like “Give Us Our Peace,” his legacy lives on, reminding us of the importance of social justice and the power of poetry to ignite change.

Let’s Talk About Craig Morris Johnson!

Originally hailing from Minnesota, he pursued his passion for music. Craig studied piano and sang in the St. Olaf Choir at St. Olaf College, earning his degree in 1984.

His musical journey led him to further studies at prestigious institutions including Juilliard, the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, and Yale University, where he ultimately achieved his Doctor of Musical Arts degree.

Craig Johnson is renowned for founding and currently serving as the artistic director of the ensemble Conspirare. In addition to his role with Conspirare, he has held significant positions in the world of choral music. He served as the artistic director of the Victoria Bach Festival and, in 1998-1999, took on the role of artistic director of Chanticleer, becoming the second person to hold that position after the founder, Louis Botto.

In January 2001, Johnson assumed the position of director of the Houston Masterworks Chorus, a role he held for two years.

Craig Johnson is also closely associated with academia. He serves as the Resident Artist in Choral Music at Texas State University and previously spent eight years as the director of choral activities at The University of Texas.

In recognition of his contributions to music, Johnson was named the 2013 Texas State Musician, marking the second time a classical musician had received this honor. Additionally, in May 2013, he was appointed as the Music Director/Conductor of Vocal Arts Ensemble in Cincinnati, Ohio.

One of the notable highlights of his career came on February 8, 2015, when Craig Johnson and Conspirare received the Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance for their outstanding album, “The Sacred Spirit of Russia” (Harmonia mundi HMU 807526).

Craig Johnson currently resides in Austin, Texas, with his partner, architect Philip Overbaugh.


Product Details

  •  $2.95 (US)
  •  #HL 00288978
  •  888680914714
  •  6.75″
  •  10.5″
  •  0:11:00
  •  24 Pages

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The Music of Langston Hughes

Inspired by his messages of justice, freedom, and the hope that a brighter future lies ahead, notable composers and arrangers have beautifully coupled Langston Hughes' passionate words with equally captivating music.

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