H. Leslie Adams

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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.

ACA List for H. Leslie Adams

Alone . . . (from Collected Songs) (1999)
high voice, pf
Amazing Grace (from Collected Songs) (1992)
2 versions: high voice, piano; medium/low voice, piano
ANNIVERSARY SONG (2000)
voice, pf
BLAKE (Choral Part) (1985)
Vocal w/ piano or orch
BLAKE (piano vocal score) (1985)
piano, vocal
CHRISTMAS LULLABY - voice and piano (1983)
high voice, piano
A Christmas Wish
SATB score; simplified lead sheet version
CITISCAPE (a.k.a. PIANO CONCERTO) (1968)
large orchestra
COLLECTED SONGS (1986)
voice, pf
Creole Girl (from the song cycle NIGHTSONGS)
voice and piano (edition includes high, medium, and low)
DAYBIRTH (2008)
voice, piano
DUNBAR SONGS (1981)
medium high voice, piano
DUNBAR SONGS - orchestrated version (1981)
Flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon; 2 horns; timpani; percussion; harp; strings; high voice
Etudes for Solo Piano (Twenty-Six Etudes) (2007 edition) (2012)
piano solo

maria_corleyadamshletude_in_b_minor.mp3

Etude in B minor, excerpt, performed by Maria Corley
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maria_corleyadamshletude_in_g_minor.mp3

Etude in G minor, excerpt, performed by Maria Corley
FIVE MILLAY SONGS (1977)
voice and piano
FIVE MILLAY SONGS - orchestral versions
fl/pic, clar, ob, bsn, 2hn, perc, harp, strings, solo voice (Medium)
Flying (from the song cycle Daybirth) (2000)
high voice only
For you there is no song (from the song cycle Five Millay Songs) (1977)
high, medium, and low voice versions
voice and piano
HOMESICK BLUES (from The Wider View) (1988)
High voice and Piano, or Low voice and Piano

adamshomesickbluesexcerpt.mp3

Excerpt - Homesick Blues by H. Leslie Adams
HYMN TO ALL NATIONS (1997)
SATB divisi, pf
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

adamshymntofreedomchicago2ndmvmtexcerpt.mp3

EXCERPT from 2nd movement - Chicago performance
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adams_hymn_to_freedom_lead_gently_lord.mp3

excerpt - Hymn to Freedom (Indiana University)
I WANT TO DIE EASY (2005)
SATB, pf
L'EXTASE D'AMOUR (2009)
viola, piano
LOVE EXPRESSIONS for orchestra (1990)
flute/picc, oboe, b flat clarinet, bassoon, F hor, b flat trumpet, tenor trombone, 2 perc, harp, pf, strings
LOVE MEMORY
voice, pf (high voice - original, or version for Baritone in Gm)
LOVE RESPONSE
high voice, piano
LOVE SONG (1985)
SATB
LOVING TOUCHES (2013)
ob, pf
LULLABY ETERNAL (1993)
high or medium voice with piano
MADRIGAL (1981)
SATBB
MIRANDA'S PRAYER (1984)
voice, piano
NIGHTSONGS (2010)
voice and piano (high, medium, low ranges)

adamsnightsongs__prayer.mp3

Excerpt: Darryl Taylor sings "Prayer" from Nightsongs
NIGHTSONGS - Orchestral version (Mezzo range)
small orchestra: 1.1.1.1 - 2.0.0.0 - timp.perc.hp.strings
ODE TO LIFE (1982)
2222 432+bstbn1 timp perc(3) cel strings
OFFERING OF LOVE (1992)
solo organ
PSALM 121
SATB, pf
PSALM 23 (1990)
SATTB, with BsBar or MzSop solo
THE RIGHTEOUS MAN (Cantata) (1985)
0121 2000 timp, perc (2), hp, strings, SATB choir (8pt)
ROMANCE IN D FLAT (2009)
ehn, pf
Sence you went away (voice and piano, high, med, low)
High, Low, and Medium versions with piano
SENCE YOU WENT AWAY - choral version
treble voices SSS, with piano; optional cello
SONATA FOR HORN AND PIANO (1960)
horn, pno
STRING QUARTET in D Flat (2016)
string quartet
SYMPHONY NO 1 (1982)
full orch
THERE WAS AN OLD MAN (1985)
SATB,pf
TRIO IN D MINOR (2011)
cl, vln, pf
TROMBONE QUARTET (2005)
4 trombones

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