Robert Owens

1925 - 2017

Biography:

Robert Owens (1925-2017) a native of Denison, Texas is known as one of the current leading names in the genre of African American art song. He has gained notoriety as a concert pianist, vocal accompanist, composer, and stage and television director. Learning to play the piano at a young age from his mother, Owens composed his first piano and art songs in his high school years and continued to develop his talent under Genevieve Longrus and Dora O’Neill.  After his time in the military, he continued his education in Europe and studied with various professors such as Jules Genty, Alfred Cortot, and Grete Hinterhofer. Owens briefly came back to America to pursue a teaching position in Georgia.  It was during this time that he was introduced to the African American poet Langston Hughes and wrote two song cycles based on his poetry, Silver Rain and Tearless. Once back in Europe, Robert Owens settled in Hamburg, Germany and resumed composing and started acting to support his career. The composer still considers Hamburg his home, however he has occasionally returned to the States as an artist-in-residence as various educational institutions such as University of Michigan and University of Wisconsin.

(sources: www.darryltaylor.com/alliance/composers/robert--owens ; http://afrovoices.com/robert-owens-biography/)

Works by Robert Owens:

A complaint
A Cycle of Six Negro Spirituals for Bass and Piano:
A House in Taos
A Song
Au Cabaret-Vert
Beale Street
Border Line
Bright Be the Place of Thy Soul
Burden
Carolina Cabin
Chippy
Circles
Convent
Could I but ride indefinite
Dancers
Der verliebte Reisende
Desert
Desire
Die Beiden
Die Nacht
Dream
Dustbowl
Eine Geige in den Gärten
Exits
Faithful One
For a Poet
For dead mimes
Fragments
Fremde Stadt
From The Dark Tower
Fulfillment
Genius Child
Gifts
Girl
Go on, Brother
Grave Yard
Grief
Gypsy Melodies
Havana Dreams
Heart
Home in a Dat Rock
Hope
I. I am Part of the Load
I. The Lame Goat
I. to Elenora Duse "Oh Beauty..."
If
If We Must Die
II. A Craftsman
II. Drum sound rises on the air
II. to a picture of Elenara Duse in "The Dead City" "Your face is set"
III. Humble Living
III. To a picture of Eleonara Duse in "The Dead City" "the Venus..."
Im Nebel
In Time of Silver Rain
IV. To a pciture of Eleonara Duse as "Francesca da Rimini"
IV. Wax
Jaime
Juliet
Le Dormeur du val
Little Song
Luck
Man
Manche Freilich
Montmartre
Morgendämmerung
Night Song
Night: Four Songs
No Images
Oh! Snatched Away in Beauty's Bloom
One
Po' Mourners Got A Home At Las'
Poppy Flower
Prayer
Rages de Césars
Remembrance
Rêvé pour l'hiver
Silence
Sleep
Sleep Brings No Joy
So, We'll Go No More a Roving
Songs
Tell Me, Tell Me…
The cottager to her infant
The Crucifixion
The End
The Lynching…
The Mouse and the Camel, Op. 122
The Old Stoic
The Secret
The Secret
The Sparrow
To the White Fiends
Vagabonds
Vorfruhling
Walls
When We Two Parted
Yet Do I Marvel
You May Bury Me in the Eas'