The Plantation Child's Lullaby (Lyrics of Paul Laurence Dunbar, Set 1, no. 4)

Moderate (Grades 4-6)
3 minutes
Modern classical music
Voice + keyboard
Instrumental parts
Not available

Lyrics of Paul Laurence Dunbar is a musical setting of selected poems by African-american poet Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906) for baritone voice and piano with occasional obbligato instruments. The complete 11-part opus includes five dialect poems, five standard English poems, and one "bridge" poem with elements of both.

Set 1 interprets five of Dunbar's Dialect poems in appropriate Black American music styles. The Plantation Child's Lullaby, number four in the set, is a soft ballad that musically quotes a well-known slave lullaby.

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