ZENOBIA POWELL PERRY'S COMPOSITIONS

This list is in alphabetical order, by title. All selections ASCAP, and published by Jaygayle Music.

Aftermath
—see Narrative.
Ah Got a Home in a Dat Rock, for soprano and piano (1969). “In memory of my grandfather Charlie Thompson.” 6
pages. Based on a spiritual.
Angels Done Bowed Down—see O de Angels Done Bowed Down.
Arkansia, Suite for violin and piano (1955). Contents: (1) “Landscape”; (2) “Folk Song”; (3) “A Bit of Fun.” Originally
composed for violin and piano, for Joseph. Orchestrated for string orchestra: 6–4–2–6–3. Premiered [“Folk Song” and
“Divertissement” only] on January 10, 1955, at Arkansas A. M. & N. College by the String Choir of Forest City, Arkansas,
Eugene Isom, conductor. Duration: 6:53.
At Tea, suite—see Suite for Women’s Voices.
Atmosphere Cycle—see Threnody.
Benediction—see Threnody.
A Bit of Fun—see Arkansia.
Cantata—see Sing Unto the Lord a New Song.
Capriccio
, for solo piano (1961).
Capriccios, suite of ten pieces for piano (1972). Renamed and consolidated into Piano Potpourri.
Certainly Lord
, for tenor and piano (1974). Based on a spiritual.
Chit-Chat—see Conversations for two flutes and piano.
Choral Suite no. 1, for tape sounds, percussion, piano, 16-voice choir (1963). Performed October 25, 1974.
Christmas Is More—see Notes of Christmas.
Conversations for two flutes and piano (1975). Contents: (1) “Greetings”; (2) “Chit-Chat”; (3) “Gossip.” Duration: 3:03.
The Cottage, for soprano and piano (1964). [Copyright 1965.] Text: Jones Very. Premiered by Joyce Mathis. 5 pages.
Duration: 2:33.
Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray, for baritone and piano (1978). 3 pages. Based on a spiritual.
Cycle of Songs on Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar, for voice and piano (1977–83). Contents: (1) “Sunset” (1977), 5
pages; (2) “On A Clean Book” (1979), 3 pages; (3) “Spring Song” (1979), 4 pages; (4) “Life” (1978), 4 pages; (5)
“Drizzle” (1979), 4 pages. Duration: 15:13.
Done Made My Vow to the Lord, for SATB (1974). Duration: 3:04. Based on a spiritual.
Dreams—see Three Sketches.
Drizzle—see Cycle of Songs on Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar.
Echoes from the Journey, for soprano and chamber orchestra (1990). Text: Zenobia Powell Perry. 32 pages. Duration:
14:03. Instrumentation: flute, oboe, Bb clarinet, trumpet, two percussion players, strings, and piano. Contains “Field
Hollers” with trumpet. Includes the spirituals “Wade in the Water,” “I Want to Die Easy,” and “Swing Low, Sweet
Chariot.” Premiered by Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Edwin London, conductor, at John Carroll University,
Cleveland, Ohio, February 1991.
Elegy for Brass Quintet, for trumpet, 2 horns in F, trombone, and tuba/euphonium (1980, rev. 1989). 7 pages. Duration:
6. There is also a version for Bb clarinet, 2 horns, and 2 bassoons.
Episodes I and II, for horn and piano (1983). Duration: 3:17. A third movement was added: Prelude (2000). 16 pages.
Essay, for piano (1958). Duration: 4:16.
Excursions, for piano trio (1989). 12 pages. Duration: 4:21.
Fantasy, for piano (1972, rev. 1992). Duration: 3:15.
Fantasy, for violin and piano (1968; rev. 1972). 9 pages. Duration: 3:15.
Festival Overture, for organ. Duration: 3:04.
Florence Price’s Dances in the Canebrakes, arrangement for two pianos.
Folk Song—see Arkansia.
Four Mynyms for Three Players, for flute, oboe, and piano (1963; rev. 1968 and 1979). Contents: (1) “Pensive”; (2)
“Jovial”; (3) “Melancholy”; (4) “Jubilant.” Duration: 6:00.
Fulfillment—see Three Songs for Christmas.
Gifts of God, for SSA and piano (1980). Text: Zenobia Powell Perry. Duration: 2:12.
Gloria in Excelsis, for soprano and piano (1991).
Go Tell It on the Mountain, for SATB a cappella (1974). Duration: 3:02. Based on a spiritual.
Gossip—see Conversations for two flutes and piano.
Great Gittin’ Up Mornin’—see Tawawa House.
Hallelujah, for unison children’s chorus and SS chorus (1972). Duration: 1:22.
Hallelujah, for brass octet (1984). There is also a version for woodwind octet, performed in 1991.
Hallelujah to the Lamb, for soprano and piano (1969; rev. 1982). 7 pages. Based on a spiritual.
Heritage, for baritone and piano (1968). Text: Claude McKay, from the poem, “The White House.” Duration: 2:40. There
is also a version for soprano and piano; see Heritage and Life.
Heritage and Life: A Cycle of Songs, for soprano and piano. Text: Frank Horne. Contents: (1) “Heritage”; (2)
“Rhapsody”; (3) “Immortality”; (4) “Kid Stuff”; (5) “A Toast”; (6) “To All of You.”
[The] Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh, for soprano, flute, and piano (1977). Contents: (1) “O son of spirit”; (2) “O children
of men”; (3) “O son of being”; (4) “O friends abandon not the everlasting beauty”; (5) “O companion of my throne”; (6)
“O oppressors on earth withdraw.” 23 pages. Duration: 14:08. Commissioned by Janis-Rozena Peri for New York
début recital.
Homage to William Levi Dawson on his 90th Birthday (1990)—see Piano Potpourri.
How Charming Is This Place, for soprano and organ or piano (1994). Text: Samuel Stennett (1787). 2 pages. Written
for Janis-Rozena Peri. Composed for the dedication of the redecorated nave and chancel of Christ Episcopal Church,
Xenia, Ohio.
Humoreske—see Three Sketches.
Hymn for Brass Quartet (1963).
Impromptu, for solo piano (1957).
In the Great Gittin’ Up Mornin’, for SATB and piano.
Introduction, Prelude and Danse for band (1968). Orchestration: 2 flutes, 3 clarinets, Bb bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, 2
alto saxophones, tenor saxophone, flugelhorn, 3 trumpets, 2 horns in F, 2 horns in E, 3 trombones, 3 basses, bass
drum, and cymbal. Dedicated to Central State University Band for performance at Charter Day, 1968. Premiered by the
CSU Band, Ian Polster, conductor. Duration: 4:22.
It’s Me O Lord, Standing in the Need of Prayer, for baritone and piano (1974). 3 pages. Based on a spiritual.
Journey—see Echoes from the Journey.
Jovial—see Four Mynyms for Three Players.
Jubilant—see Four Mynyms for Three Players.
Kid Stuff—see Three Songs for Christmas.
Kum Ba Yah, for SATB (1975). Based on a spiritual.
Kum Ba Yah, for children’s chorus and conga drum. Based on a spiritual.
Lamb of God, for SSA (1958). Duration: 2:03.
Landlord’s Ballad—see Three Sketches.
Landscape—see Arkansia.
Latino rhythms, for 2 trumpets and piano (1959). Duration: 4:02.
Life—see Cycle of Songs on Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar.
Life—see Life Cycle: Three Songs for Baritone and Piano.
Life Cycle: Three Songs for Baritone and Piano (1971). Contents: (1) “O Whisper, O My Soul” (1969), text: William
Stanley Braithwaite, duration: 3:10; (2) “A Toast” (1970), text: Frank Horne, duration: 2:09; (3) “Life” (1971), text: Paul
Laurence Dunbar, duration: 1:42.
Lift Every Voice and Sing (J. Rosamond Johnson), for SATB and band (1975). Text: James Weldon Johnson.
Orchestration: flutes, oboe, clarinets, saxophones, trumpets, trombones, basses, timpani, snare, cymbal, chimes.
Premiered at opening of new music building at CSU, January 1975. 12 pages.
Love Came Down at Christmas, for unison children’s chorus and strings (1972). Text: C. Rossetti. 6 pages. Duration:
1:41.
The Love of God, for SATB a cappella (1991). Text: Zenobia Powell Perry. Duration: 3:00.
Marche, for piano (1974). Duration: 2:48.
Mary Had a Baby—see Three Songs for Christmas.
Mass in F# minor for soprano and bass soli, SATB, and piano or organ (1968). Contents: (1) Kyrie eleison; (2) Credo;
(3) Sanctus; (4) Agnus Dei; (5) Gloria in excelsis.
Melancholy—see Four Mynyms for Three Players.
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God (Martin Luther), arranged for instrumental ensemble and chorus (1975). “In Celebration
of the opening of two new buildings at CSU.” Translation: Frederick Henry Hedge. Instrumentation: piccolo, 2 flutes, 2
clarinets in Bb, 2 saxophones in Eb, 1 Bb saxophone, 2 trumpets, 3 horns in F, 2 trombones, baritone horn, 2 basses,
3 percussionists, string bass, mixed chorus. 15 pages.
Moods, for mixed quartet of voices, marimba, and conga drum. Premiered on July 25, 1974, by North County New
Music Performers, Zenobia Perry, conductor.
Music from Ohio, for SATB and piano (1993). Includes “Silently” and “Christmas Is More.” See also Notes of Christmas.
Narrative, for flute, narrator/soprano, two percussionists, and piano (1975). Contents: (1) “Tornado” (2) “Aftermath.”
Text: Zenobia Powell Perry. Premiered July 25, 1974, by North Country New Music Performers, Zenobia Perry,
conductor. 18 pages. Duration: 5:52. [A version of this was presented November 7, 1974, as Narrative, for speaker,
flute, and piano. Another version was presented April 2, 1975, as Narrative, for flute, narrator, and piano (after the
tornado April 3, 1974): (1) “Prologue”; (2) “Narrative.”]
Night in Tawawa, for trumpet and piano (1963).
Nocturne, for piano (1961).
Notes of Christmas, for SATB and piano (1991). Contents: (1) “The quiet of Christmas,” for SATB a cappella, text:
Mildred N. Hoyer, 5 pages; (2) “Christmas Is More,” text: R. H. Grenville, duration: 5:32, 16 pages. Dedicated to the
Oberlin Community Chamber Singers, Carol Longsworth, director. [At one point, this may have been called Music from
Ohio (1993), and there was a movement called “Silently.”]
Nova Sonos, electronic music on tape. Premiered at North Country Music Festival, Potsdam, New York.
O de Angels Done Bowed Down, for mezzo-soprano and piano (1973). There is a version from 1969, with the following
inscription: “As sung by my grandfather, Charlie Thompson.” There is also a version for soprano and piano (1973).
There is another version for SSAA quartet (2000). Based on a spiritual.
O Lord, Make Thy Beauty, for SATB a cappella (1991). Text: prayer. Duration: 2:08.
O Peter, Go Ring Dem Bells, for SATB and piano. Based on a spiritual.
O the Angels Done Bowed—see O de Angels Done Bowed Down.
O Whisper, O My Soul—see Life Cycle.
Of Life and Love, for soprano and piano. Text: Paul Laurence Dunbar. Contents: (1) “Sunset”; (2) “On a Clean Book”;
(3) “Spring Song”; (4) “Life”; (5) “Drizzle”; (6) “Philosophy.” Duration: 15:13. See also
Cycle of Songs on Poems by Paul
Laurence Dunbar
, which is a version of some of these songs for baritone and piano.
On a Clean Book—see Cycle of Songs on Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar.
Pastels for orchestra (1986). Orchestration: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 Bb clarinets, bass clarinet in Bb, 2 bassoons, 4 horns
in F, 2 trumpets in Bb, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani (28”, 25”, and 23”), and strings. 15 pages. Duration: 6:20. This was
read by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, but not publicly performed.
Pavanne, for piano (1975). Duration: 3:18.
Pensive—see Four Mynyms for Three Players.
Philosophy
, for flute, cello, and voice (1984). Text: Paul Laurence Dunbar. 8 pages.
Philosophy—see Of Life and Love.
Piano Potpourri (1990)
1.        
Vignette no. 1 (originally a teaching piece)
2.        
Orrin and echo
3.        Ties
4.        Flight
5.        A jazz trifle
6.        Blaize
7.        Promenade (1988)
8.       
 Times seven
9.        Soliloquy
10.       Homage to William Levi Dawson on his 90th Birthday (1990). Contents: (1) Smooth flowing; (2) Cantabile; (3)
Moderate. Published in Black Women Composers: A Century of Piano Music, 1893–1990, ed. by Helen Walker-Hill
(Bryn Mawr, Penn.: Hildegard Publishing, 1992). 3 pages.
11.       
 Round and round
12.        Teeta
13.        Rhapsody
14.        Vignette no. 2
15.        Childhood Capers
Piano Sonata no. 3
(1959–60). Premiered in 1960.
Piano Sonatina (1962).
Precious Lord, for SATB and piano (1976). Based on a spiritual.
Prelude, for horn and piano—see Episodes I and II.
Prelude and aria, for clarinet (1969).
Prelude and danse, for band (1968)—see Introduction, Prelude and danse for band.
Prelude for organ (1973). 2 pages.
Prism for organ (1975). 7 pages. Duration: 2:55. There is also a version for solo piano.
Quiet of Christmas—see Notes of Christmas.
Redemption, for SATB (1963).
Rhapsody, for medium voice and piano (1968; copyright 1974). Text: William Braithwaite. 4 pages.
Rhapsody for piano (1960). Written for Janis-Rozena Peri.
Rhyme for saxophone and piano, for alto saxophone and piano (1968; rev. 1977). Duration: 2:46.
Ride, Ride, Ride King Jesus, for SATB a cappella (1974). Duration: 3:14. Based on a spiritual.
Salon du Capriccii, for piano (1972). Contents: (1) “Kofi”; (2) “Trek”; (3) “Gettera”; (4) “Paen”; (5) “Mumura”; (6) “Nino”;
(7) “Jangada”; (8) “Balzo”; (9) “Vele.” Duration: 12:09.
Sanctus and Agnus Dei (1969).
Ships That Pass in the Night, for instrumental ensemble and narrator (1988). Text: Paul Laurence Dunbar.
Orchestration: piccolo, flute, alto and tenor saxophones, 2 trumpets, timpani, bass and tenor drums, conga drums,
tambourine, gong, piano, and speaking voice (narrator). Performed by Cleveland Chamber Symphony. [This is a
revised version of her Symphonic Poem.] Duration: 8:16. 22 pages.
Sing Unto the Lord a New Song, a cantata, for soprano, mezzo-soprano, baritone, narrator, SATB, flute, timpani, harp,
and organ (1976). Text: Zenobia P. Powell. Contents: (1) “Introduction,” for organ; (2) “Petition,” for soprano, mezzo-
soprano, narrator, and timpani; (3) “For the Lord is a Great God,” for narrator, SATB, flute, harp, and organ; (4) “Sing
unto the Lord a new song,” for SATB and organ; (5) Ensemble: “The Lord is High Above All Nations,” for soprano,
mezzo-soprano, flute, and organ; (6) “Thanksgiving, Hallelujah, How Good it is to Sing Praise,” for narrator, SATB, and
timpani; (7) “Laud, praise, and glory,” for SATB, flute, and organ; (8) “Canzonet,” for mezzo-soprano and organ; (9)
Finale, Chorale, and Amen: “Laud, praise, and glory.” Duration: 37:12.
Sinner Man So Hard, Believe! for soprano and piano (1967; rev. 1969). 4 pages. Based on a spiritual.
Sonata for clarinet and piano (1963). Contents: (1) Lively; (2) Moderate; (3) Three-quarter time; (4) Very fast. Duration:
7:43.
Sonata for piano (1960). Contents: (1) Andante; (2) Lento; (3) Allegro. Duration: 6:23.
Sonata for violin and piano. Contents: (1) Allegro non troppo; (2) Adagio; (3) Presto. Written for Dimistrios Cokinos.
Score is lost.
Sonata no. 3 (1959–60). Duration: 6:23.
Sonatine for piano (1963). Contents: (1) Allegro; (2) Lively.
Songs for Nobody, for SATB. Texts: Zenobia Powell Perry. Premiere by the Jackson State College Choir, Ariel
Lovelace, director, Jackson College, Mississippi, December 1961.
Sound Patterns, for narrator and clarinet (1978). Text: Zenobia P. Powell. 4 pages. Duration: 3:17. There is a version of
this piece for Spoken Voice Ensemble and Bb clarinet (1980).
Spring Song—see Cycle of Songs on Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar.
Standing in the Need of Prayer, for baritone and piano (1976).
Still, Still (1972). Arrangement of an Austrian Christmas carol.
String Quartet no. 1 (1964). Premiered at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, March 14, 1964; Myron Kartman,
conductor. Score has been lost.
String Quartet no. 2 (1964)—see Three Designs for Four Strings.
Suite for piano (1963). Contents: (1) Caprice; (2) Nocturne; (3) Times Five.
Suite for Women’s Voices, for SSAA and piano (1963; rev. 1984). Contents: (1) “At Tea”; (2) “By Her Aunt’s Grave”; (3)
“Outside the Window.” Text: Thomas Hardy. 21 pages. Duration: 6:12.
Sunset—see Cycle of Songs on Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar.
Symphonic Poem, for orchestra (1954). Orchestration: 2 flutes, 2 clarinets, 2 oboes, 2 bassoons, 2 trumpets, 4
French horns, 2 trombones, 2 tubas, timpani, cymbal, and strings. This was Perry’s University of Wyoming master’s
thesis project (later revised and presented under the name, Ships That Pass in the Night [1988]). Premiered on July 9,
1954, in Casper, Wyoming, and Denver, Colorado, with the University of Wyoming Orchestra, Saul Caston, conductor.
Duration: 7:13. A version for band was performed on April 19, 1955.
Tawawa House, opera in 2 acts for SSSAATTBB (1985). Text: Zenobia Powell Perry. Orchestration: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2
Bb clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 French horns, 2 trumpets, 2 tenor trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, bass drum,
and strings. Solo voices: 3 sopranos, 2 mezzo-sopranos, 2 tenors, baritone, and bass-baritone. Premiered at the Paul
Robeson Cultural and Performing Arts Center, Central State University, Ohio, in 1987. Duration: two hours with
intermission.
Tempo for Wind Ensemble and Soprano (1993). Text: R. H. Grenville. Orchestration: piccolo, flute, oboe, 3 Bb
clarinets, alto clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, 3 trumpets, 4
French horns, baritone horn, 3 trombones, basses, timpani, drums, and soprano solo. Written for and performed by
Janis-Rozena Peri with the West Virginia University Wind Ensemble, Spring 1994. 17 pages.
There’s a Lit’l Wheel A-Turnin’, for SATB a cappella (1976). Duration: 2:58. Based on a spiritual.
Three Designs for Four Strings (String Quartet no. 2) (1964). Contents: Allegro moderato; Adagio; Allegro. Premiered
by Antioch Quartet (Myron Kartman), 1966. 33 pages. Duration: 10:25. At one time, this was called
Three Designs for
Four Players.
Three Expressions for Piano
(1973–74). Contents: (1) “Preface”; (2) “Merry-Go-Round”; (3) “Ballad.” Score is lost.
Three Sketches, for piano (1960). Contents: (1) “Sketches”; (2) “Humoreske” (1955); (3) “Landlord’s Ballad”; (4)
“Dreams.” Duration: 5:44.
Three Songs for Baritone and Piano—see Life Cycle.
Three Songs for Christmas, for soprano and piano (1989). Text: Zenobia Powell Perry. Contents: (1) “Kid Stuff” (1970),
text: Frank Horne, duration 3:02; (2) “Fulfillment” (1989), duration 2:25; (3) “Mary had a baby,” for soprano, violoncello,
and piano (1980), duration: 2:32. [This is an arrangement of a folksong.] “Kid Stuff” was recorded by Sebronette
Barnes, soprano, and Elise Auerbach, piano, on the compact disc, You Can Tell the World: Songs by African-American
Women Composers (Senrab Records SRR988, 2000).
Threnody Song Cycle, for soprano and piano. Contents: (1) “Threnody” (1969); (2) “Alien” (1970); (3) “Benediction”
(1972); (4) “Poet” (1969); (5) “Pastourelle” (1971). Text: Donald Jeffrey Hayes. Written for Janis-Rozena Peri. Duration:
12:57. At one time, this was called Atmosphere Cycle; the first performance included “Threnody,” “Poet,” and
“Pastourelle.” There is also a version of “Benediction” for violin and piano.
Times Five, for solo piano. Performed in 1963 by William Hollis, San Francisco. See Suite for piano. Score may have
been lost.
To All of You, for soprano and piano. Text: Frank Horne. Premiered June 1, 1970, by Janis-Rozena Peri at New York
Public Library at Lincoln Center.
A Toast, for baritone voice and piano (1970). Text: Frank Horne. 2 pages. See Life Cycle.
Tornado—see Narrative.
Tranquility and Commotion for orchestra. Orchestration: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2
trombones, tuba, timpani, and strings. Commissioned by the Columbus Symphony, premiered in November 1982.
Duration: c.18:00.
The Twelve Days of Christmas, for SATB and piano [arrangement].
Two Letters for clarinet, violoncello, and piano (1975). Contents: (1) “Written in Spring” (2) “Written at Summer’s End.”
Premiered at Dayton Chamber Music Society, September 28, 1975. 13 pages. Duration: 3:34. There is another version
of “Written in Spring” for violin, cello, clarinet, and bassoon.
Up Over My Head, for soprano, oboe, and piano. Based on a spiritual.
Variations for Piano (1961).
Whisper, O My Soul, O—see O Whisper, O My Soul.
You Hear the Constant Drumming
, for baritone. (from opera, Tawawa House)


FINDING GUIDE TO ZENOBIA POWELL PERRY SCORE COLLECTION

In 2012 the entire Zenobia Powell Perry music collection was donated to the Center for Black Music Research in
Chicago by Jeannie Gayle Pool and Janis-Rozena Peri (the composer's daughter). In addition to the music, Jeannie
Pool prepared scans of the entire score collection and presented the scans with the collection. A finding guide for the
Zenobia Powell Perry Score Collection has been prepared by T.J. Szafranski and Dominque Fuqua (December 21,
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