The Music of Langston Hughes

Port Town: An Opera in One Act –


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Port Town: An Opera in One Act

Piano/Conductor Score

E.B. Marks Softcover

Libretto by Langston Hughes

The opera, based on Hughes’s 1926 poem, premiered at Tanglewood in August, 1960, under the direction of Boris Goldovsky. In 1946 Meyerowitz emigrated to the U.S. and became an assistant to Boris Goldovsky, director of the opera program at Tanglewood. In 1951 he became an American citizen. Meyerowitz taught at Brooklyn College (1956-1962) and at the City College of New York.

The Port Town Libretto & Langston Huges

Langston Hughes, born in 1902, was a multifaceted artist whose contributions extended beyond poetry. His work “Port Town: An Opera in One Act” showcases his versatility as a playwright and librettist.”Port Town” is a unique exploration of African American life and culture, set against the backdrop of a bustling port city. Hughes’ narrative prowess shines through in this one-act opera, weaving together themes of migration, identity, and community.As a central figure in the Harlem Renaissance, Hughes used “Port Town” to delve into the complex issues of the time. His ability to capture the essence of the African American experience and convey it through various artistic forms solidifies his legacy as a visionary artist and social commentator.This opera serves as a testament to Langston Hughes’ enduring impact on American literature and theater, showcasing his dedication to shedding light on the rich tapestry of African American stories.

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  •  #HL 00369811
  •  9781705144602
  •  840126992526
  •  MP078042

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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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