H. Leslie Adams

H. Leslie Adams' compositions are infused with jazz and elements of African American folksong. He has set the poetry of American poets Paul Laurence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and many others.

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Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Harrison Leslie Adams studied at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music as well as California State University, Long Beach and Ohio State University. Since earning his Ph.D. at Ohio State University in 1973, Adams has taught at several universities throughout the United States.

In Adams music, contemporary compositional techniques are fused with elements of African American folksong and jazz.

–Christie Finn

Source: Josephine Wright’s article in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians

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Recordings

Been in de Storm so Long (Songs My Fathers Taught Me)

(H. Leslie Adams, Robert Owens, Alfred Hayes and R. Nathaniel Dett)

2013

I, Too

(H. Leslie Adams, Margaret Bonds, Undine Smith Moore, Florence Price and Hall Johnson)

2012

With a Song in My Heart

(H. Leslie Adams, Henry Burleigh, Margaret Bonds, Robert Owens and Cecil Cohen)

2008

American Songs

(H. Leslie Adams, Lee Hoiby, Lita Grier and Libby Larsen)

2006

Art Song Heritage of the Americas

(H. Leslie Adams and Stephen Paulus)

2003

Love Rejoices: Songs of H. Leslie Adams

(H. Leslie Adams)

2001

Sence You Went Away

(H. Leslie Adams and Adolphus C. Hailstork)

2000

The Negro Speaks of Rivers

(H. Leslie Adams, Margaret Bonds, Undine Smith Moore, Robert Owens, George Walker, Howard Swanson, Florence Price, Henry Clay Work and Cecil Cohen)

1998

Videos

Songs

Amazing Grace

H. Leslie Adams

H. Leslie Adams

Branch by Branch

H. Leslie Adams

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Song Collection: Five Millay Songs

Creole Girl

H. Leslie Adams

Leslie Morgan Collins

Song Collection: Nightsongs

Daybirth

Song Collection

H. Leslie Adams

Joette McDonald

Drums of Tragedy

H. Leslie Adams

Langston Hughes

Song Collection: Nightsongs

Five Millay Songs

Song Collection

H. Leslie Adams

Edna St. Vincent Millay

For You There is No Song

H. Leslie Adams

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Song Collection: Five Millay Songs

Gone Again is Summer the Lovely

H. Leslie Adams

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Song Collection: Five Millay Songs

Homesick Blues

H. Leslie Adams

Langston Hughes

Song Collection: The Wider View

Li'l Gal / My Man

H. Leslie Adams

Paul Laurence Dunbar

Song Collection: The Wider View

Love Come and Love Gone

H. Leslie Adams

Georgia Douglas Johnson

Song Collection: The Wider View

Love Memory

H. Leslie Adams

Paul Laurence Dunbar

Love Rejoices

H. Leslie Adams

James Dillet Freeman

Song Collection: The Wider View

Love Request

H. Leslie Adams

Paul Laurence Dunbar

Nightsongs

Song Collection

H. Leslie Adams

Langston Hughes

Georgia Douglas Johnson

Clarissa Scott Delany

James Weldon Johnson

Leslie Morgan Collins

Night Song

H. Leslie Adams

Clarissa Scott Delany

Song Collection: Nightsongs

Prayer

H. Leslie Adams

Langston Hughes

Song Collection: Nightsongs

Sence You Went Away

H. Leslie Adams

James Weldon Johnson

Song Collection: Nightsongs

The Heart of a Woman

H. Leslie Adams

Georgia Douglas Johnson

Song Collection: Nightsongs

The Return from Town

H. Leslie Adams

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Song Collection: Five Millay Songs

The Wider View

Song Collection

H. Leslie Adams

Paul Laurence Dunbar

Langston Hughes

Georgia Douglas Johnson

R. H. Grenville

James Dillet Freeman

The Wider View

H. Leslie Adams

R. H. Grenville

Song Collection: The Wider View

To the Road!

H. Leslie Adams

Paul Laurence Dunbar

Song Collection: The Wider View

Wild Swans

H. Leslie Adams

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Song Collection: Five Millay Songs

Sheet Music

Anthology of Art Songs by Black American Composers, Compiled by Willis C. Patterson

Composer(s): H. Leslie Adams, David Baker, Margaret Bonds, Charles Brown, Cecil Cohen, Noel de Costa, Mark Fax, Adolphus C. Hailstork, Eugene Hancock, Thomas Kerr, Jr., Charles Lloyd, Jr., Wendell Logan, Maurice McCall, Dorothy Rudd Moore, Undine Smith Moore, Robert Owens, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Florence Price, Hale Smith, William Grant Still, Howard Swanson, George Walker, Olly Wilson, John Work, Jr.

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H. Leslie Adams Piano/Vocal Sheet Music

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Second Anthology of Art Songs by Black American Composers

Composer(s): Leslie Adams, Adolphus Hailstork, John Rosamond Johnson, Hall Johnson, Betty Jackson King, Howard Swanson, John W. Work III

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