Wednesday, December 10, 2014

John Malveaux: Zanaida Robles has officially earned a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree; Hal Leonard has published her arrangement of 'Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing'

Dr. Zanaida Robles

John Malveaux of 

Zanaida Robles finished her dissertation on Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and has
officially earned a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Choral Music from USC Thornton School of Music.

Dr. Zanaida Robles
Dr. Robles arrangement of "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" for soprano soloist, choir, and piano has been published and is available from Hal Leonard. Throughout this new arrangement, the original tune and meter is retained. The soloist is featured prominently from the start and remains the indomitable heart and soul of the piece. With combinations of flowing ostinato sections and powerful chordal accents, the piano accompaniment provides a dramatic landscape of varying textures and colors. The choir, in solidarity with the soloist, powerfully pays tribute to the sacrifice of past generations while fervently praying for the strength and courage to remain on the path that leads to justice and peace. It is hoped that this new arrangement will help to rescue this beautiful and timeless poem of James Weldon Johnson's from it's solitary confinement as the "Black National Anthem." Two other sacred works of mine, "Veni Sancte Spiritus," and "Prepare the Way" are coming soon.
Zanaida Robles

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