Feminine Fusion

S08 Ep26: One Life – Margaret Bonds

Margaret Bonds

Margaret Bonds

“Music has to be human, and people have to like it; it has to move them spiritually and intellectually.”  – Margaret Bonds


Composer Margaret Bonds was an influential African American woman in the music world – and you probably don’t know her name.  On this episode, we look at the life and music of this talented Chicago native.


“One Life – Margaret Bonds”


Minstrel Man and Dream Variation, from Three Dream Portraits
Text by Langston Hughes
Icy Rene Simpson, soprano
Artina McCain, piano
“I, too”
Longhorn Music

Troubled Water
Althea Waite, piano
“Black Diamonds”
Cambria 1097

Songs of the Seasons
Texts by Langston Hughes
Louise Toppin, soprano
John B. O’Brien, piano
“Ah! Love But a Day”
Albany 385

The Ballad of the Brown King
Texts by Langston Hughes
Dessoff Choirs
Dessoff Orchestra
Malcolm J. Merriweather, conductor
“The Ballad of the Brown King & Selected Songs”
Avie 2413

The Negro Speaks of Rivers
Text by Langston Hughes
Thomas Hampson, baritone
Kuang-Hao Huang, piano
“Songs from Chicago”
Cedille 90000 180




Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


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