Fields of Wonder
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A long overdue recording of songs by Robert Owen.

Whether it is as a composer, concert pianist or actor, Robert Owens has earned a career and respect that many would envy. He has written extensively for solo voice, with a particular emphasis on texts by great writers. As an African-American, he is quick to emphasize that his songs are not written for any particular race. They are to be sung by all people who appreciate fine song writing. He was born in Denison, Texas, but grew up in Berkeley, California, raised by his mother who taught him piano. Following her death in 1937, he continued his piano and theory studies and, at 15, performed as soloist in the premiere of his Piano Concerto. During this same time he composed his first songs, Images. These offer the poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar and Waring Cuney. From there Owens went on to compose songs to the poetry of Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Countee Cullen and, most notably, Langston Hughes. Over the following decades, after serving in the armed forces and studying in Europe, he continued to compose with an emphasis on vocal works, reflecting his own life, his exposure to racism, and his desire to express the core truth of the poetry he was setting. Founder of the African-American Art Song Alliance, tenor Darryl Taylor's international itinerary includes performing both in the United States and throughout Europe. He has premiered numerous works. He is much in demand as a lecturer on African-American Art Song, having given recitals and master classes at the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music and at Cambridge College, England.
Contents:
Robert Owens, composer
No Images
Darryl Taylor, tenor, Robert Owens, piano

Robert Owens, composer
Four Motivations
Darryl Taylor, tenor, Richard Owens, piano, Ana Milosaljevic, violin, Eddy Malave, viola

Robert Owens, composer
Stanzas for Music
Darryl Taylor, tenor, Robert Owens, piano

Robert Owens, composer
What Lips My Lips Have Kissed
Darryl Taylor, tenor, Robert Owens, piano

Robert Owens, composer
Euclid Alone
Darryl Taylor, tenor, Robert Owens, piano

Robert Owens, composer
Three Countee Cullen Songs
Darryl Taylor, tenor, Robert Owens, piano

Robert Owens, composer
Fields of Wonder
Darryl Taylor, tenor, Fields of Wonder String Orchestra, Stephen Tucker, conductor

Robert Owens, composer
The Crucifixion
Darryl Taylor, tenor, Robert Owens, piano

Robert Owens, composer
I Got a Home In-a Dat Rock
Darryl Taylor, tenor, Robert Owens, piano, Ana Milosaljevic, violin

Review:
"Every so often a recording comes along that significantly expands my musical horizon, and this is one of them." (American Record Guide)
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