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Based on the Poetry of Margaret Walker
Composed by Randy Klein
Featuring: Aurelia Williams - Vocalist, Randy Klein - Pianist

For My People - A New Musical Work is a concert/multi-media performance that is thought provoking and, above all, entertaining.

The esteemed author, Margaret Walker, wrote poetry for most of her life. Her iconic poem, FOR MY PEOPLE is world renowned. For My People - A New Musical Work combines her poetry, with its socially conscious themes, and the original music of award-winning composer, Randy Klein. It makes for an exciting performance that audiences respond to with joy and standing ovations.

For presenting venues or promoters, here is an opportunity to offer a relevant and engaging performance piece for Black History Month events in February, for Woman's History Month in March and of course Poetry Month in April. Audiences love this work!


For My People - A New Musical Work is available for performances at museums, schools, libraries, churches, universities and colleges. Listen to the demos provided and watch the exciting videos.


For My People - A New Musical Work is one of the most important performance pieces being offered today.


Composer Randy Klein has been inspired by the poetry
of the great Margaret Walker

Jazz composition and what motivates composers is a source of endless fascination
for me, as one who appreciates composition on the same scale as inventive improvisation.
A recent communication with pianist-composer Randy Klein revealed
his current composition project, inspired by the poetry of Margaret Walker.

Believing firmly that music composition motivated by a significant achievement or body of work from another art form is always worth investigating, the Independent Ear sought out Randy Klein for some insights into this new project. It should be added here that Klein is also an enterprising musician with his own record imprint, Jazzheads – yet another point of interest, perhaps for further conversation down the road.

Randy Klein: As far as a goal for For My People, it is for the work to become an actively performed work chosen by concert venues to be performed. Of course, I would want to hear it performed at the Kennedy Center or some other equally famous venue. It deserves to have a life. It is worthy.

Recently, I have begun to envision it as a performance piece with a through line narrative. This is yet to be achieved. For now, the work is a major choral piece that should be performed a lot. I hope you will see its merits as well.

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