Fantasy in Purple


"Fantasy in Purple" is an undated song Florence Price setting a poem by Langston Hughes. The song is published through Classical Vocal Reprints in a 2010 edition entitled Five Art Songs, edited by Rae Linda Brown.

Fantasy in Purple
by Langston Hughes

Beat the drums of tragedy for me.
Beat the drums of tragedy and death.
And let the choir sing a stormy song
To drown the rattle of my dying breath.
Beat the drums,
Beat the drums of tragedy for me
And let the white violins whirl thin and slow,
But blow one blaring trumpet note of sun to go with me
To the darkness where I go.

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