Composer: Rosephanye Powell
Arranger: NA
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Edition: 08711521
Voicing: SATB divisi
Setting: w/ piano


Michael McGaghie
Macalester College
R&R Chair College & University

This compact, powerful work sets Langston Hughes’s poem “To You” with jazz-inflected harmonies and a luxurious piano accompaniment. The vocal textures shift fluidly between homophonic passages and gentle imitation.

Conductors might begin teaching the work through thoughtful discussions of Hughes’s poetry and what it might say to us today, especially for singers unfamiliar with the literature of the Harlem Renaissance. An effective performance requires a variety of vocal colors in order to capture the poetry’s many moods. The composer’s stratified dynamic markings also require careful attention.

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