Pied Piper of Harlem (1980)
Composer: Adolphus Hailstork
Publisher: International Opus
A three movement solo piece with contrasting African-American musical styles; suitable for student and professional players. Written to celebrate children at a Sunday service at the Unitarian Church of Norfolk, Virginia. The piper arrives in town, convinces the children to follow him, and tells them to take the “A” train to get to the magic land of Harlem!
1. Here Come De Piper….
2. …Wid A Twinkle in His Eye
3. Git On Board (The “A” Train) Li’l Chillun
African-American composer Adolphus Hailstork (b.1941) received his doctorate in composition from Michigan State University, where he was a student of H. Owen Reed. He had previously studied at the Manhattan School of Music, under Vittorio Giannini and David Diamond, at the American Institute at Fontainebleau with Nadia Boulanger, and at Howard University with Mark Fax. Dr. Hailstork has written numerous works for chorus, solo voice, piano, organ, various chamber ensembles, band, orchestra, and opera.