The Music of Langston Hughes

Listen Here – SATB divisi a cappella


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Listen Here

Rollo Dilworth Choral Series


  •  Rollo Dilworth Choral Series
  •  Hal Leonard
  •  Octavo
  • SATB divisi a cappella
  •  Sally Lamb McCune
  •  Langston Hughes

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.

Why Does Langston Hughes Still Matter?

Langston Hughes’ poetry continues to resonate with youth in today’s world because of its timeless themes, social consciousness, and inspirational messages. Here’s an explanation of how Hughes’ poetry can inspire today’s youth:

1. Themes of Identity and Self-Discovery

Hughes often explored themes of identity, self-discovery, and the search for one’s place in the world. Today’s youth, like those in Hughes’ time, grapple with questions of who they are, where they belong, and how to navigate a complex world. Hughes’ poetry can inspire them to embrace their uniqueness, celebrate their cultural heritage, and have confidence in their own voices.

2. Racial and Social Justice

Hughes was a prominent voice in the fight for racial equality and social justice. His poetry powerfully addresses the challenges of discrimination and inequality, which remain relevant issues today. His words can inspire today’s youth to stand up against injustice, advocate for change, and work towards a more inclusive and equitable society.

3. Dreams and Aspirations

Hughes’ famous poem “Harlem” (also known as “A Dream Deferred”) raises questions about unfulfilled dreams and the consequences of postponed aspirations. Today’s youth face their own set of challenges and uncertainties, and Hughes’ poetry encourages them to pursue their dreams with determination and not let societal obstacles deter them.

4. Resilience and Hope

Despite the struggles depicted in his poetry, Hughes often conveyed a sense of resilience and hope. His poems acknowledge difficulties but also emphasize the strength to persevere. This can inspire today’s youth to find hope in challenging times and to keep pushing forward in pursuit of their goals.

5. Power of Language and Art

Hughes was a master of language and used it to convey powerful messages. His poetry underscores the transformative potential of words and art. In today’s digital age, where communication is central, Hughes’ work can encourage young people to harness the power of words, whether in writing, spoken word, or other forms of artistic expression, to bring about change and connect with others.

6. Cultural Connection

Hughes celebrated the richness of African American culture and history in his poetry. His work can inspire today’s youth to explore and appreciate their own cultural heritage, as well as to learn about and respect the diverse cultures that make up our world.

In a world that is often filled with uncertainty and social challenges, Langston Hughes’ poetry can provide a source of inspiration, guidance, and empowerment for today’s youth. His words remind them that they are not alone in their struggles and that they have the capacity to make a positive impact on their communities and the world.

A Little About Composer Sally Lamb McCune

Sally Lamb McCune, originally hailing from Detroit, embarked on her educational journey that spanned across prestigious institutions. She pursued her studies at the University of Toronto and the California Institute of the Arts, ultimately attaining both an MFA and a DMA from Cornell University. Along this academic path, she had the privilege of learning from distinguished mentors, including Steven Stucky, Roberto Sierra, and Mel Powell.

McCune’s musical prowess has earned her widespread acclaim, with her compositions resonating not only in North America but also resonating across the European music scene.

Her outstanding contributions to the realm of music have not gone unnoticed, as evidenced by a plethora of awards and recognitions. Among her accolades are the esteemed Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Whitaker New Reading Session from the American Composers Orchestra. She has been the recipient of grants from esteemed institutions such as the New York Foundation for the Arts, the New York State Fund Creation Grant, Meet the Composer, ASCAP, and the Aaron Copland Recording Fund.

Furthermore, Sally Lamb McCune has been entrusted with numerous commissions, further highlighting her talent and influence in the music world. Her works have been commissioned by entities such as the New York State Music Teacher’s Association, the Society for New Music, the Cornell University Chorus, the University of Georgia Wind Ensemble, Ensemble X, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, the Ariadne String Quartet, the Eason Trio, and the Melodia Choir of NYC. Her compositions have been published by renowned publishing houses including G. Schirmer, Hal Leonard, and Heritage Music Press.

In addition to her accomplishments as a composer, McCune has contributed to the world of education. She has shared her expertise as an educator at esteemed institutions like Cornell University and Syracuse University. Currently, she serves on the faculty at Ithaca College, where she continues to inspire the next generation of musicians.

Sally Lamb McCune’s influence extends beyond the classroom, as she has been invited to serve as a guest composer at prestigious institutions and festivals such as the Eastman School of Music, the University of South Carolina, The College of New Jersey, South Shore Conservatory, Seal Bay Festival, and Songfest. She has also held the position of Composer-In-Residence in regional public schools in Syracuse and Ithaca, further enriching the musical landscape in these communities.

Product Details

  •  #HL 00325438
  •  888680986308
  •  6.75″
  •  10.5″
  •  16 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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