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Hold Fast to Dreams & My Little Son, Florence Price - Harp & Bassoon
04:10
Hats and Heels Duo

Hold Fast to Dreams & My Little Son, Florence Price - Harp & Bassoon

Performance of Hold Fast to Dreams & My Little Son by Florence B. Price, transcribed and arranged by Hats+Heels. Florence Beatrice (Smith) Price became the first black female composer to have a symphony performed by a major American orchestra when the Chicago Symphony Orchestra played the world premiere of her Symphony No. 1 in E minor on June 15, 1933. Florence Price’s symphony had come to the attention of the public when it won first prize in the prestigious Wanamaker Competition held the previous year. Although this premiere brought instant recognition and fame to Florence Beatrice Price, she would “continue to wage an uphill battle – a battle much larger than any war that pure talent and musical skill could win. It was a battle in which the nation was embroiled – a dangerous mélange of segregation, Jim Crow laws, entrenched racism, and sexism.” (Women’s Voices for Change, March 8, 2013). Hold Fast to Dreams Lyrics: Hold fast to dreams, For if dreams die Life is a broken winged bird, That cannot fly Hold fast to dreams, For when dreams go Life is a barren field, Frozen with snow To My Little Son In your face I sometimes see Shadowings of the man to be, And, eager, Dream of what my son shall be, Dream of what my son will be, In twenty years and one. When you are to manhood grown, And all your manhood ways are known, Then shall I, blissful, try to trace The child you once were in your face. Performed by Hats+Heels Duo Dr. Blaire Koerner - bassoon Dr. Rosanna Moore - harp https://www.blairebassoonist.com/hats... Recorded by Marc Webster at Blue on Blue Recording, Rochester NY http://www.blueonbluerecording.com/
Alice in Wonderland Suite, Esther Swift - Hats + Heelos Duo
20:01
Hats and Heels Duo

Alice in Wonderland Suite, Esther Swift - Hats + Heelos Duo

Performance of Esther Swift's Alice in Wonderland Suite. Featuring artwork by Kaitlin Aitken. i Drink Me ii Drowning in my Tears iii I'm Mad, You're Mad iv Everything has a Moral Composer's Notes: I have always loved the story of Alice In Wonderland, partly because of its absurdity and partly because of Alice’s autonomy and self conviction in the face of adversity. To me it presents as an alternative coming-of-age story in which the heroine is adventure and bravery, always choosing to act on her curiosity. Drink Me leads Alice down the rabbit hole with a hesitant tune that gathers momentum and confidence as it goes on. At first Alice questions whether she should take the plunge into the unknown, but her curiosity gets the better of her and she drinks the potion and let’s the adventure unfold. Drowned In My Own Tears uses an image of despair mixed with ridiculousness. It highlights a play-fullness that recurs in the story, reminding us not to take ourselves too seriously, even when we feel despair. I’m Mad, You’re Mad is a gradual but glorious unravelling of Alice’s state of mind, and questions the expectations put on girls to appear meek and quiet, even if deep down they feel like screaming. This movement highlights the sweet release of chaos and the freedom found in loosing control. Everything Has A Moral returns to themes from the first three movements but with a new found reflective calm. Alice is going home after she has conquered her adversaries using her courage, conviction and wit. A wise warrior now, she can face the real world again as a strong, independently minded young woman. Performed by Hats+Heels Duo Dr. Blaire Koerner - bassoon Dr. Rosanna Moore - harp https://www.blairebassoonist.com/hats... Recorded by Marc Webster at Blue on Blue Recording, Rochester NY http://www.blueonbluerecording.com/

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