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Hold Fast to Dreams

Hold Fast to Dreams

Product Number: 7.0728*

Composer: Thompson, Joel

Sku Product Name Price Qty
7.0728 Hold Fast to Dreams
file_7.0728-E Hold Fast to Dreams (Downloadable)
*Downloadable choral octavo minimum order quantity is 6.


This piece was written in response to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a Dream" speech. The text dialogues between two Langston Hughes poems, "Harlem," and "Dreams." One poem summarizes the pain of broken promises and the other encourages faith that things will get better, because the alternative is absolute despair. Both contain essential truths still evident in today's turbulent times.
Although the text expresses sentiments that might be the stuff of childhood and naiveté, the music is turbulent, perhaps hinting at the cynicism of today's world. Dramatic and moving, with convincing choral writing and a virtuosic piano accompaniment, this piece is an experience not soon forgotten. Duration: 4:10

Additional Information

Product Number 7.0728*
Composer/Arranger Thompson, Joel
Text Author Hughes, Langston
Voicing & Instruments SATB Chorus (divisi) and Piano
Special Services/Occasions Graduation, Martin Luther King Day
Topics (Secular) Social Justice/Social Concerns
Difficulty Medium
Language of Text English
Historical Period 21st Century
Series Atlanta Master Chorale Series
Recording Credits Atlanta Master Chorale; Eric Nelson, Director
Publisher Galaxy Music Corporation

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