RICKY IAN GORDON
( 1956- )
Contemporary American composer of opera, dance, theatre, and film music, as well as of songs,
New York City-based Ricky Ian Gordon set ten texts by Harlem Renaissance poet, Langston Hughes,
for the soprano Harolyn Blackwell in 1992.
Says Gordon of this work:
"GENIUS CHILD is inspired by Harolyn's voice and spirit, the inevitable singability of Hughes' poems--and
my concerns with growing up different--and developing a strange, skewed view of the world--which, perhaps--becomes
one's voice, one's aesthetic.
...Musically, I would say these songs are definitely urban in sound, informed by simple, recognizable rhythms and
In a way the cycle consists of one major element: watching. Watching the world go by, watching life happen and, in
turn, the awakening of compassion, of spirituality, of joy."