H. Leslie Adams

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2 Alone . . . (from Collected Songs) (1999)
high voice, pf

3 Amazing Grace (from Collected Songs) (1992)
2 versions: high voice, piano; medium/low voice, piano

4 ANNIVERSARY SONG (2000)
voice, pf

6 BLAKE (Choral Part) (1985)
Vocal w/ piano or orch

8 BLAKE (piano vocal score) (1985)
piano, vocal

10 BLAKE'S ARIA ( MY NEW-FOUND FRIENDS ) (1985)
Tenor, piano

12 BLAKE: MIRANDA'S PRAYER (O SWEET JESUS) (1984)
Soprano, piano

16 CHRIST AT A WEDDING (LOVE UNION) (2000)
voice, pf

17 CHRISTMAS LULLABY - voice and piano (1983)
high voice, piano

19 A Christmas Wish
SATB score; simplified lead sheet version

20 CITISCAPE (a.k.a. PIANO CONCERTO) (1968)
large orchestra

21 COLLECTED SONGS (1986)
voice, pf

23 CONTRASTS for Piano (2001)
pf

24 Creole Girl (from the song cycle NIGHTSONGS)
voice and piano (edition includes high, medium, and low)

25 DANZA DI TRE BAMBOLE (2017)
trio: piccolo, flute, piano

26 DAYBIRTH (2008)
voice, piano

29 DUNBAR SONGS (1981)
medium high voice, piano

30 DUNBAR SONGS - orchestrated version (1981)
Flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon; 2 horns; timpani; percussion; harp; strings; high voice

32 Etude No. 10 in F minor
solo piano

35 FIVE MILLAY SONGS (1977)
voice and piano

36 FIVE MILLAY SONGS - orchestral versions
fl/pic, clar, ob, bsn, 2hn, perc, harp, strings, solo voice (Medium)

37 Flying (from the song cycle Daybirth) (2000)
high voice only

38 For you there is no song (from the song cycle Five Millay Songs) (1977)
high, medium, and low voice versions
voice and piano

41 GRAND MARCH for trumpet and piano (2017)
trumpet in Bb, piano

43 HOMESICK BLUES (from The Wider View) (1988)
High voice and Piano, or Low voice and Piano

45 HYMN TO ALL NATIONS (1997)
SATB divisi, pf

46 HYMN TO FREEDOM (Sop, Ten, BBar solo, plus 10 players) (1989)
Sop, Ten, BassBar; Woodwind (1 player: picc or flute, cl, bscl, Ebaltosax), Bb trumpet, trombone, tuba (optional euph, bass tbn, or db), perc(1), piano, v1, v2, va, vc, (opt)db

48 I WANT TO DIE EASY (2005)
SATB, pf

52 L'EXTASE D'AMOUR (2009)
viola, piano

55 LOVE EXPRESSIONS for orchestra (1990)
flute/picc, oboe, b flat clarinet, bassoon, F hor, b flat trumpet, tenor trombone, 2 perc, harp, pf, strings

56 LOVE MEMORY
voice, pf (high voice - original, or version for Baritone in Gm)

59 LOVE RESPONSE
high voice, piano

60 LOVE SONG (1985)
SATB

62 LOVING TOUCHES (2013)
ob, pf

63 LULLABY ETERNAL (1993)
high or medium voice with piano

64 MADRIGAL (1981)
SATBB

67 MIRANDA'S PRAYER (1984)
voice, piano

71 NIGHTSONGS - Orchestral version (Mezzo range)
small orchestra: 1.1.1.1 - 2.0.0.0 - timp.perc.hp.strings

72 ODE TO LIFE (1982)
2222 432+bstbn1 timp perc(3) cel strings

73 OFFERING OF LOVE (1992)
solo organ

76 Piano Etude in G Minor (1990)
pf

79 PSALM 121
SATB, pf

80 PSALM 23 (1990)
SATTB, with BsBar or MzSop solo

81 REMEMB'RING, REJOICING
SATB, piano

83 THE RIGHTEOUS MAN (Cantata) (1985)
0121 2000 timp, perc (2), hp, strings, SATB choir (8pt)

84 ROMANCE IN D FLAT (2009)
ehn, pf

85 Sence you went away (voice and piano) (1976)
High, Low, and Medium Voice, in one edition, with piano

86 SENCE YOU WENT AWAY - choral version
treble voices SSS, with piano; optional cello

88 SONATA FOR HORN AND PIANO (1980)
horn, pno

89 SONATA for violin and piano (1976)
vln, pf

94 SYMPHONY NO 1 (1982)
full orch

95 THERE WAS AN OLD MAN (1985)
SATB,pf

98 TRIO IN D MINOR (2011)
cl, vln, pf

99 TROMBONE QUARTET (2005)
4 trombones

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Biography: 

H. Leslie Adams (b. 1932) is the winner of the 2015 Cleveland Arts Prize Lifetime Achievement Award.  Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he attended school in California, and served many years as a choral conductor, show musical director, and educator, before becoming a composer full time in 1979.   His unique music touches a wide variety of musical tastes and preferences. His stage work BLAKE was featured on the VOX Showcase of New York City Opera, and on the National Opera Association programs. His art songs have been sung by leading artists worldwide, in many languages. His orchestral works have been performed by the Prague Radio Symphony, Iceland Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra and Indianapolis Symphony, to name a few.

Recordings of Adams' music include "Love Rejoices: Songs of H. Leslie Adams" first released in January, 2001, featuring the internationally-known tenor, Darryl Taylor. It was chosen as one of the ten best  recordings of the year by American Record Guide, and is now in its second printing. Love Rejoices is a 75-minute all-Adams recital featuring the artistry of Mr. Taylor and accompanist Robin Guy. The album features the complete song cycle, "Nightsongs" and "The Wider View" along with excerpts from "Five Millay Songs" and many individual songs, including the composer's original setting of "Amazing Grace."

Adams' very popular "Etudes for Piano" have been recorded variously by pianists including Maria Corley and Thomas Otten. 

"Nightsongs" a collection of songs on poetry by African-American poets, is one of ACA's most popular sheet music collections, year after year. Many critics have observed that they find no other composer writing like Adams in the world. They find it simple yet complex, fun yet serious, spiritual yet nonreligious. Above all, his music touches the heart and soul in a personal manner.

African American Art Song Conference, UC Irvine, 2012

Links to purchase recordings below:

"Love Rejoices: Songs of H. Leslie Adams" [2nd ed.; Darryl Taylor, tenor]

http://cdbaby.com/cd/darryltaylor

"Twelve Etudes"  [Maria Corley, pianist]

Etudes for Piano [Thomas Otten, pianist]: 

***Notice: Any recordings of songs or vocal music by H. Leslie Adams may require licensing and clearances from all legal rightsholders, including text authors and their estates. Purchase of a score does not transfer recording rights.