H. Leslie Adams

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 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.
 

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.

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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 (opera, piano vocal score) (1985)
solo and ensemble voices, with keyboard accompaniment

8 BLAKE - the Opera - full score (1984)
3332 4331 Timp, Perc (3), Afro-Cuban Drum Ensemble, harp, organ(keyboard), strings

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

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

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

17 A Christmas Wish
SATB score; simplified lead sheet version

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

19 COLLECTED SONGS (1986)
voice, pf

20 COMING BACK TO CLEVELAND (2016)
voice, piano

22 CONTRASTS for Piano (2001)
pf

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

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

25 DAYBIRTH (2008)
voice, piano

27 DREAM SONG (2016)
voice and 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

36 FIVE MILLAY SONGS (1977)
voice and piano

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

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

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

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

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

47 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

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

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

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

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

60 LOVE RESPONSE
high voice, piano

61 LOVE SONG (1985)
SATB, piano

63 LOVING TOUCHES (2013)
ob, pf

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

65 MADRIGAL (1981)
SATBB

68 MIRANDA'S PRAYER (1984)
voice, piano

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

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

74 OFFERING OF LOVE (1992)
solo organ

77 Piano Etude in G Minor (1990)
pf

80 PSALM 121
SATB, pf

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

82 REMEMB'RING, REJOICING
SATB, piano

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

85 ROMANCE IN D FLAT (2009)
ehn, pf

86 SENCE YOU WENT AWAY (Orchestral version) (2017)
1111 2000 harp, strings, high voice
high voice, fl, ob, cl, bsn, hn(2), harp, strings

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

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

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

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

96 SYMPHONY NO 1 (1982)
full orch

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

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

101 TROMBONE QUARTET (2005)
4 trombones

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