Blue Band Special Commissioned Piece
Evan Williams

Blue Band Special Commissioned Piece

"Love Words" by Evan Williams

The piece is called love words, and is inspired by Claude McKay’s poem, “Romance.” McKay was a writer of the Harlem Renaissance, a Jamaican immigrant to the US, a bisexual, and for a time, involved in socialist and communist movements. He spent his final years in Chicago.

My piece is an expanded version of my setting of “Romance” for a song cycle I wrote of McKay’s poetry for countertenor and chamber ensemble called Love Words | Mad Words.