Harry T. Burleigh

From the Spiritual to the Harlem Renaissance


Chapter 15: "Composer by Divine Right"


Figure 1
  Figure 1: G. Ricordi ad listing Burleigh songs performed by "the greatest singers of H. T. Burleigh songs"—page 269. Musical America, March 31, 1917, page 36.  

Figure 2
  Figure 2: Cover Saracen Songs (1914)—page 278. The lyrics are by Fred G. Bowles. Note the dedication to Tito Ricordi.  

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  Figure 3: Cover—Five Songs of Laurence Hope (1915)—page 279. This cycle is set to lyrics by Laurence Hope, the pseudonym of Adela Florence Corey, whose father was a British military officer in India. The Five Songs were the last of Burleigh's songs with an orientalist theme.  

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  Figure 4: Cover Passionale (1915)—page 282. These lyrics are by James Weldon Johnson.  

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  Figure 5: Cover—"Under a Blazing Star" (1918)—page 286. This is one of Burleigh's six World War I songs. Note that the "blazing star" is a star shell, which has devastated the landscape.  

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  Figure 6: Cover—Southland Sketches (1918)—page 293. Like his piano sketches, From the Southland, the violin sketches weave snatches of folk melodies, which he treats developmentally.  

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  Figure 7: "The Lord's Prayer"—page 296. Manuscript in Burleigh's hand. This setting has been little known, but in 2010 it was edited by Atlanta choral directors Uzee Brown and James Abbington and published by GIA Publications.  




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