H. Leslie Adams

Biography

H. Leslie Adams (b. 1932) is the winner of the 2015 Cleveland Arts Prize Lifetime Achievement Award.  Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he attended school in California, and served many years as a choral conductor, show musical director, and educator, before becoming a composer full time in 1979.   His unique music touches a wide variety of musical tastes and preferences. His stage work BLAKE was featured on the VOX Showcase of New York City Opera, and on the National Opera Association programs. His art songs have been sung by leading artists worldwide, in many languages. His orchestral works have been performed by the Prague Radio Symphony, Iceland Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra and Indianapolis Symphony, to name a few.

Recordings of Adams' music include "Love Rejoices: Songs of H. Leslie Adams" first released in January, 2001, featuring the internationally-known tenor, Darryl Taylor. It was chosen as one of the ten best  recordings of the year by American Record Guide, and is now in its second printing. Love Rejoices is a 75-minute all-Adams recital featuring the artistry of Mr. Taylor and accompanist Robin Guy. The album features the complete song cycle, "Nightsongs" and "The Wider View" along with excerpts from "Five Millay Songs" and many individual songs, including the composer's original setting of "Amazing Grace."

Adams' very popular "Etudes for Piano" have been recorded by pianists including Maria Corley and Thomas Otten. 

"Nightsongs" a collection of songs on poetry by African-American poets, is one of ACA's most popular sheet music collections, year after year. Many critics have observed that they find no other composer writing like Adams in the world. They find it simple yet complex, fun yet serious, spiritual yet nonreligious. Above all, his music touches the heart and soul in a personal manner.

In addition to the Cleveland Arts Prize, Mr. Adams has been awarded by the Bascom Little Foundation. He was commissioned by the Mirror Visions Ensemble in 2019. 

Links to recordings below:

"Love Rejoices: Songs of H. Leslie Adams" [2nd ed.; Darryl Taylor, tenor]

http://cdbaby.com/cd/darryltaylor

"Twelve Etudes"  [Maria Corley, pianist]

Etudes for Piano [Thomas Otten, pianist]: 

***Notice: Any recordings of songs or vocal music by H. Leslie Adams may require licensing and clearances from all legal rightsholders, including text authors and their estates. Purchase of a score does not transfer recording rights.

 

ACE Publications

21 title(s)
Composer Title SCORING/INSTRUMENTATION Year
H. Leslie Adams Alone . . . (from Collected Songs) high voice, pf
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H. Leslie Adams Love Rejoices (from the song cycle The Wider View) voice, piano
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H. Leslie Adams HOMESICK BLUES (from The Wider View) high and low range -
High voice and Piano, or Low voice and Piano
H. Leslie Adams To the Road! (from the song cycle The Wider View) -
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H. Leslie Adams Li'l' Gal / My Man (from the song cycle The Wider View) high voice, pf
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H. Leslie Adams Love Come and Gone (from the song cycle The Wider View) high voice, pf
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H. Leslie Adams WIDER VIEW - Complete cycle of songs for high voice and piano high voice, piano
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H. Leslie Adams Wider View - song from song cycle Wider View high and low voice key - voice and piano
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H. Leslie Adams REMEMB'RING, REJOICING -
SATB, piano
H. Leslie Adams BLAKE 08 THAT WILD FIRE ISABELLA'S ARIA -
Mezzo-Soprano, or Soprano, piano
H. Leslie Adams BLAKE 11 MIRANDA'S PRAYER - O SWEET JESUS -
Soprano, piano
H. Leslie Adams BLAKE 22 MY NEW-FOUND FRIENDS Tenor and Piano
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H. Leslie Adams BLAKE 17 Miranda's Arioso and Lullaby - No, Sweet Mistress Soprano and Piano
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H. Leslie Adams BLAKE 09 YOU MUST BE MAD Bass-baritone, soprano, piano
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H. Leslie Adams BLAKE 02 Oh John, My Love (Blake and Miranda) Soprano, Tenor, Piano
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H. Leslie Adams BLAKE 12 OH MAJOR MAJOR - HAS HE COME soprano, Bass baritone, soprano, piano
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H. Leslie Adams BLAKE 16 SHE STAND THERE LIKE SOME DARK ANGEL Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, piano
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H. Leslie Adams BLAKE 20 COME NOW, MY PEOPLE - Chorus SATB Choir, Tenor, and Piano
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H. Leslie Adams Drums of Tragedy (from the song cycle NIGHTSONGS) voice, piano
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H. Leslie Adams BLAKE - the Opera - full score Vol 1 - Prelude, Act 1 3332 4331 Timp, Perc (3), Afro-Cuban Drum Ensemble, harp, organ (keyboard), strings
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H. Leslie Adams BLAKE - the Opera - full score Vol 2 - Acts 2,3, and 4 3332 4331 Timp, Perc (3), Afro-Cuban Drum Ensemble, Harp, Organ (Keyboard), Strings
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Additional Works