The Music of Langston Hughes

I Dream a World – 2-Part


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I Dream a World – 2 Part

Pavane Secular 

  • Series:  Pavane Secular
  • Publisher: Pavane Publishing
  • 2-Part
  • Composer:  Peter Boyer

Commissioned by the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, popular composer Peter Boyer has written a beautiful setting of Langston Hughes’ famous poem. This arrangement for treble voices and piano lifts the text for world peace most honorably. An excellent choice for fall and spring concerts.

Let’s Understand Langston Hughes’ poem “I Dream a World”

Langston Hughes’ poem “I Dream a World” expresses the poet’s vision of a more inclusive, harmonious, and equitable world. It conveys the idea that he envisions a world where people of all races and backgrounds coexist in peace and unity. The poem highlights the importance of eradicating prejudice, discrimination, and inequality to create a better society.

Here is an analysis of the poem and some examples of what people can do to live out the dream depicted in it:

I Dream a World

I dream a world where man
No other man will scorn,
Where love will bless the earth
And peace its paths adorn
I dream a world where all
Will know sweet freedom’s way,
Where greed no longer saps the soul
Nor avarice blights our day.
A world I dream where black or white,
Whatever race you be,
Will share the bounties of the earth
And every man is free,
Where wretchedness will hang its head
And joy, like a pearl,
Attends the needs of all mankind—
Of such I dream, my world!


1.Equality: The poem emphasizes the dream of a world where people do not scorn or discriminate against one another based on race or ethnicity. To live this dream, individuals can actively promote racial equality by challenging prejudice and advocating for policies and practices that ensure equal opportunities for all.

2. Love and Peace: The poem envisions a world blessed by love and adorned with peace. To live this dream, people can cultivate love, empathy, and understanding in their interactions with others. They can also support efforts to resolve conflicts peacefully and promote diplomacy and dialogue on a global scale.

3. Freedom: The poem speaks of a world where all people know the sweet freedom’s way. To live this dream, individuals can work to protect and uphold civil liberties and human rights. They can support organizations and initiatives that strive to eliminate oppression and ensure freedom for all.

4. Eradicating Greed and Avarice (which means extreme greed for wealth or material gain): The poem envisions a world where greed and avarice no longer corrupt the human soul. To live this dream, individuals can practice generosity and empathy, and they can support economic systems and policies that address wealth inequality and promote economic justice.

5. Sharing and Unity: The poem calls for a world where people, regardless of their race or background, share the bounties of the earth and enjoy freedom. To live this dream, individuals can actively work to bridge divides, build connections, and foster unity within diverse communities.

6. Joy and Well-being: The poem expresses the desire for a world where joy attends the needs of all mankind. To live this dream, people can engage in acts of kindness and support initiatives that improve the well-being of individuals and communities.

Langston Hughes’ poem “I Dream a World” envisions a world free from prejudice, discrimination, greed, and inequality, where love, peace, and freedom prevail. To live out this dream, individuals can take concrete actions to promote equality, unity, and well-being in their communities and beyond. This may involve advocating for social justice, fostering empathy and understanding, and actively working to eliminate barriers that divide us.

Why Is Peter Boyer Such A Big Deal?

Peter Boyer, a GRAMMY-nominated composer, is renowned as one of the most frequently performed American orchestral composers of his generation. With over 600 public performances by more than 250 orchestras and tens of thousands of broadcasts on classical radio stations worldwide, Boyer’s music has left an indelible mark on the orchestral landscape.

His impressive portfolio includes conducting recordings of his compositions with three prestigious orchestras: the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Boyer’s magnum opus, “Ellis Island: The Dream of America,” a compelling work for actors and orchestra, has garnered significant acclaim. Since its premiere in 2002, it has been performed a staggering 275 times by 120 different orchestras. Notably, his recording of “Ellis Island” on the Naxos American Classics label earned a GRAMMY Award nomination for Best Contemporary Classical Composition.

In 2017, “Ellis Island” was filmed live in concert with the Pacific Symphony, conducted by Carl St. Clair, and featured a talented cast of stage and screen actors for PBS’ GREAT PERFORMANCES, America’s premier performing arts television series.

Boyer has received commissions from esteemed American institutions and ensembles, including the Kennedy Center for the National Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra for the Boston Pops, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for the Cincinnati Pops, to name a few. His music has resonated with audiences across the United States, performed by illustrious orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and many more. He also served as Composer-in-Residence for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Pasadena Symphony.

Notably, Boyer’s “Silver Fanfare” graced the opening of three consecutive Hollywood Bowl seasons from 2015 to 2017, accompanying sold-out performances featuring iconic rock bands like Journey, Steely Dan, and The Moody Blues. He also conducted shows for Josh Groban on his Stages tour in 2015. In 2010, Boyer was selected for the Boston Pops’ 125th anniversary commission, where his composition, “The Dream Lives On: A Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers,” received widespread recognition and was attended by prominent members of the Kennedy family.

His music has resonated in renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, the Kennedy Center, Hollywood Bowl, Symphony Hall, and many more. Recordings of his compositions have been crafted at prestigious studios including London’s Abbey Road Studios and AIR Studios, featuring on labels like Naxos, BSO Classics, Cedille, Koch International Classics, Albany, and Fanfare Cincinnati.

In 2019, Peter Boyer was honored with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, a distinction recognized by both Houses of Congress as one of the most prestigious American awards. This medal has been presented to luminaries such as U.S. Presidents, Supreme Court Justices, and prominent figures across various fields. Notable past medalists in the arts include Renée Fleming, Quincy Jones, Rita Moreno, and others.

Beyond the concert hall, Boyer is actively engaged in the film and television music industry. He has contributed orchestrations to over 35 feature film scores, collaborating with leading Hollywood composers including James Newton Howard, Michael Giacchino, Thomas Newman, and more. His arrangements have graced the stage at major orchestral performances worldwide, including Pixar in Concert and Titanic Live.

Peter Boyer’s prolific work has garnered attention from numerous media outlets, including the Associated Press, New York Times, Washington Post, USA TODAY, and many others. His remarkable career has been marked by multiple national awards, including BMI Awards, the First Music Carnegie Hall commission, and the Lancaster Symphony Composer’s Award. Boyer has conducted performances with various orchestras and participated in recording sessions on prominent scoring stages in London and Los Angeles. Additionally, he has served as an assistant/cover conductor for “The Lord of the Rings in Concert,” presented by CAMI Music, in productions across the globe.

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1970, Boyer’s passion for composition ignited at the age of 15. He gained recognition as a member of the inaugural All-USA College Academic Team, as declared by USA TODAY in 1990. Boyer holds degrees from Rhode Island College (B.A.) and The Hartt School at the University of Hartford (M.M., D.M.A.), with an honorary doctorate from the former. He also had the privilege of studying privately with John Corigliano and completing the Film and Television Scoring program at the USC Thornton School of Music, where he learned from the late Elmer Bernstein. Boyer currently holds the Helen M. Smith Chair in Music at Claremont Graduate University and resides in Altadena, in the scenic San Gabriel Foothills just north of Los Angeles.

Product Details

  • Inventory: #HL 08301839
  • UPC: 884088220112
  • Publisher Code: P1329
  • Width: 7.0″
  • Length: 10.5″
  • Page Count: 8 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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