Daniel Carr - Volume 1 - Songs and Solo Piano Works

by Daniel Carr (Composer)

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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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