Academic journal article Journal of Singing

MORTAL STORM, Op. 29

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

MORTAL STORM, Op. 29

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OWENS, ROBERT (b. 1925). MORTAL STORM, Op. 29 (Langston Hughes). Song Cycle for Baritone and Piano. Orlando-Musikverlag, 1969 (CVR, 2005). Minor keys; B^sub 3^-F^sub 5^; less: M; regular meters, varied tempos; V/M-mD, P/ M-D; 14 pages. Baritone.

1. "A House in Taos." A minor/G# minor; B^sub 3^-D#^sub 5^; Tess: M; 4/4, Appassionato e Allegro marcato; V/mD, P/D; 6 pages.

2. "Little song." D minor; F^sub 4^-C^sub 5^; Tess: M; 4/4, Adagio; V/M, P/M; 1 page.

3. "Jaime." F minor; C^sub 4^-E^sub 5^; Tess: M; 4/4, Allegro; V/M, P/M; 2 pages.

4. "Faithful one." C centered; C^sub 4^-D^sub 5^; Tess: M; 4/4, Melancolico e Moderato; V/mD, P/M; 2 pages.

5. "Genius child." E[musical flat] minor; B3-F5; Tess: M; 4/4, Vivace; 3/4, Andante con moto; V/mD, P/mD.

Four song cycles by Robert Owens were reviewed in the September/October 2006 issue of Journal of Singing. Those reviews contain background information about the composer and a thorough investigation of his compositional style. …

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