Daniel Carr - Volume 1 - Songs and Solo Piano Works

by Daniel Carr (Composer)

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A native of Providence, Rhode Island, DANIEL CARR composes music that has been described as being “undoubtedly of the 21st century”. His work is highly virtuosic, yet retains the lyricism, driving rhythms and colorful harmonies which audiences delight in hearing and musicians enjoy playing. Carr grew up in a musical home, where both parents and all of his siblings were musical. His father was a piano tuner and technician, so there were always several pianos, organs and other instruments throughout the home. It was not unusual for several family members to be playing pieces in completely different genres on different instruments in different rooms throughout the house at the same time. Fortunately, there were times when the family played together in ensembles, inspiring Carr’s lifelong love of chamber music. Although Carr played violin and piano when he was young, he did not become interested in music composition until his mid-20s. His primary music teachers were his mother, pianist Naomi Carr, and Dr. Donald Rankin of the University of Rhode Island. He also completed courses in Theory and Counterpoint at Hunter College in New York. Carr graduated from URI with a degree in Finance in 1995, and from 1995 to 1997 lived in Lesotho as a Peace Corps Volunteer. His music is published by Nikoichi Publishing. Please visit danielcarrcomposer.com for more information.

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released November 1, 2014

Mayumi Tayake (Piano) Jessica Petrus (Soprano) Christina Wright-Ivanova (Piano)

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Track Name: Cross (Langston Hughes)
My old man's a white old man
And my old mother's black.
If ever I cursed my white old man
I take my curses back.
If ever I cursed my black old mother
And wished she were in hell,
I'm sorry for that evil wish
And now I wish her well
My old man died in a fine big house.
My ma died in a shack.
I wonder where I'm going to die,
Being neither white nor black?

Copyright © 1994 by The Estate of Langston Hughes, by permission of Harold Ober Associates Incorporated
Track Name: Minstrel Man (Langston Hughes)
Because my mouth
Is wide with laughter
And my throat
Is deep with song,
You do not think
I suffer after
I have held my pain
So long?

Because my mouth
Is wide with laughter,
You do not hear
My inner cry?
Because my feet
Are gay with dancing,
You do not know
I die?

Copyright © 1994 by The Estate of Langston Hughes, by permission of Harold Ober Associates Incorporated
Track Name: Gods (Langston Hughes)
The ivory gods,
And the ebony gods,
And the gods of diamond and jade,
Sit silently on their temple shelves
While the people
Are afraid.
Yet the ivory gods,
And the ebony gods,
And the gods of diamond-jade,
Are only silly puppet gods
That the people themselves
Have made.

Copyright © 1994 by The Estate of Langston Hughes, by permission of Harold Ober Associates Incorporated
Track Name: Nurse's Song (William Blake)
When the voices of children are heard on the green
And whisp'rings are in the dale,
The days of my youth rise fresh in my mind,
My face turns green and pale.

Then come home, my children, the sun is gone down,
And the dews of night arise;
Your spring & your day are wasted in play,
And your winter and night in disguise.
Track Name: A Poison Tree (William Blake)
I was angry with my friend:
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.

And I watered it in fears,
Night and morning with my tears;
And I sunned it with smiles,
And with soft deceitful wiles.

And it grew both day and night,
Till it bore an apple bright.
And my foe beheld it shine.
And he knew that it was mine,

And into my garden stole
When the night had veiled the pole;
In the morning glad I see
My foe outstretched beneath the tree.
Track Name: The Blossom (William Blake)
Merry, merry sparrow!
Under leaves so green
A happy blossom
Sees you, swift as arrow,
Seek your cradle narrow,
Near my bosom.
Pretty, pretty robin!
Under leaves so green
A happy blossom
Hears you sobbing, sobbing,
Pretty, pretty robin,
Near my bosom.
Track Name: It Will Not Change (Sara Teasdale)
It will not change now
After so many years;
Life has not broken it
With parting or tears;
Death will not alter it,
It will live on
In all my songs for you
When I am gone.
Track Name: I Shall Not Care (Sara Teasdale)
When I am dead and over me bright April
Shakes out her rain-drenched hair,
Though you shall lean above me broken-hearted,
I shall not care.

I shall have peace, as leafy trees are peaceful
When rain bends down the bough;
And I shall be more silent and cold-hearted
Than you are now.
Track Name: White Fog (Sara Teasdale)
Heaven-invading hills are drowned
In wide moving waves of mist,
Phlox before my door are wound
In dripping wreaths of amethyst.

Ten feet away the solid earth
Changes into melting cloud,
There is a hush of pain and mirth,
No bird has heart to speak aloud.

Here in a world without a sky,
Without the ground, without the sea,
The one unchanging thing is I,
Myself remains to comfort me.