ON HARRY T. BURLEIGH, HIS LIFE AND LEGACIES

INTERLUDE 1: Although Burleigh is best known for his vocal music, his instrumental works are also marvelous. Here’s a recording of the Southland Sketches for violin and piano, done by Helena Logah (violin) and Mackenzie Paget (piano):

INTERLUDE 2: Here is a recording of Burleigh’s last art song, Lovely Dark and Lonely One, on a text by Langston Hughes. Although I love many of Burleigh’s art songs, this one may be the most beautiful one of all:

INTERLUDE 3: Here is Omar Bowey’s surpassingly beautiful rendition of Burleigh’s arrangement of Deep River. I’ve heard this song, and this arrangement, countless times — but this performance very nearly brings me to tears still today:

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