Prelude and Fugue for Solo Organ
By Leslie Adams
Well-known African-American composer Leslie Adams enjoys a long and distinguished career with performances by major orchestras and performers. The lyrical prelude and rhythmic fugue are separated by a short Allegretto filled with staccatos and triads. The fugue is followed by a Largo section reminiscent of the prelude and the fugue.
VIV 342, 20 pages, $12.95
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A Brief Bio of the Composer
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Leslie Adams received a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College in 1955. His graduate studies were at California State University in Long Beach, CA, from which he received the Master of Music degree in 1967. His doctoral studies were at Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, from which he received the Ph.D. degree in 1973.
Adams’ teachers have included Herbert Elwell, Joseph Wood, Robert Starer, Vittorrio Giannini, Leon Dallin, Edward Mattila, and Marcel Dick. For a number of years Adams was on the faculty of the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. For the last decade he has worked as a full-time composer. During this later period he has held fellowships at the Rockefeller Foundation Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy, and twice at the Yaddo Artists Colony in Saratoga Springs, NY. He also has served as a Cleveland Foundation and Jennings Foundation Fellow and has been a National Endowment for the Arts awardee.
Adams has composed numerous works in a variety of musical idioms, including the opera, BLAKE; a symphony; a cantata; a piano concerto; a ballet; songs for voice and orchestra; a trombone quartet; several sonatas; individual works for organ, piano, harp, violin, cello, and French horn; and many songs and choral works.
Performances of Adams’ orchestral works include those by the Cleveland Orchestra (under Gareth Morrell); the Buffalo Philharmonic (under Julius Rudel); the Indianapolis Symphony (under John Ferritto); the Detroit Symphony (under Leslie Dunner); the Savannah Symphony (under Phillip Greenberg); the Ethiopian Philharmonic (under Julius Williams); and the Pontiac Oakland Symphony (under David Daniels). Orchestras which have both commissioned and performed Adams include the Black Music Repertory Ensemble (under Michael Morgan); the Ohio Chamber Orchestra (under Dwight Oltman); and the Cleveland Chamber Symphony (under Edwin London).
Metropolitan Opera artists who have performed Adams’ work include sopranos Martina Arroyo and Veronica Tyler; mezzo-sopranos Hilda Harris and Barbara Conrad; tenors Seth McCoy and Curtis Rayam; and baritone Ben Holt. Other artists who have performed Adams’ include violinist Paul Zukofsky; pianist Israela Margalit; hornist Joseph Eger; organists Leonard Raver and Karel Paukert; cellist Donald White; Florence Quivar; the Evelyn White Chorale; the William Appling Singers, and the Robert Page Singers and Orchestra.
Adams has served as composer-in-residence at the Cleveland Music School Settlement and has given many "Meet the Artist" presentations in Ohio and Michigan public and private schools, colleges, and universities. Adams holds life memberships in Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Delta Kappa; Pi Kappa Lambda; and the American Choral Directors Association. He is also a member of the American Guild of Organists.
Adams is listed in Blacks in the Performing Arts, Contemporary America Composers: A Biographical Dictionary, International Who’s Who in Music, Musician’s Directory, Bibliographies of Black Composers and Songwriters, Who’s Who in American Music: Classical, and many other reference works.
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