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Got the Saint Louis Blues - Classical Music in the Jazz Age/VocalEssence
Got the Saint Louis Blues - Classical Music in the Jazz Age/VocalEssence


 
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Got the Saint Louis Blues: Classical Music in the Jazz Age
Jearlyn Steele, soprano; Michael Forest, tenor; Paul Shaw, piano
VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and Chorus with orchestra
Philip Brunelle, conductor


Vibrant music from the crossroads — South and North, African and American, church and street — characterizes the era between 1914 and 1930. Each of the composers here was a significant contributor to the Harlem Renaissance and by tune or text, these works document the coming jazz explosion. Many have never before been recorded.

For over 10 years, The VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and Chorus (conducted by Philip Brunelle) has presented an enduring series of concerts showcasing the talents of trailblazing African American composers. Now this wealth of music is available outside the concert hall through a series of recordings called WITNESS. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


Part of The Witness Series of African-American music, sung by VocalEssence Ensemble Singers, directed by Philip Brunelle.
—Gerri Gribi, Curator
AfroAmericanHeritage.com

"The ensemble technique is superb, the podium leadership exemplary. Don’t miss this.”
—David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com

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Program Notes

1. Saint Louis Blues : William C. Handy, arr. Hall Johnson (1914/1936) [ 4:26 ]
2. O Southland : Harry T. Burleigh (1919) - [ 3:08 ]
3. Song for Snow : Florence B. Price (1930) - [ 1:57 ]
4. Moon Bridge : Florence B. Price (1930) - [ 2:23 ]
5. Listen to the Lambs : R. Nathaniel Dett(1914) [ 4:28 ]
6. Ethiopia’s Paean to Exaltation : Harry T. Burleigh (1921) - [ 5:40 ]
7. Poor Mourner’s Got a-Home at Last : arr. Carl Diton (1914) - [ 3:!4 ]
8. Yamekraw: A Negro Rhapsody : arr. James P. Johnson (1927) - [ 15:49 ]
9. The Chariot Jubilee : R. Nathaniel Dett (1919) - [ 11:43 ]
10. Charlestonia: Folk Rhapsody for Orchestra, No. 1 : Edmund Thornton Jenkins (1917) - [ 9:30 ]
11. Ave Maria : R. Nathaniel Dett (1930) - [ 3:31 ]

Total Timing: 66:35

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