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FredO: Twenty-Four Studies in African Rhythms - Volume I

ISBN 9781934621226

12 studies | Solo piano

9"x12" Paperback | $18.00
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12 African Songs for Voice and Piano

ISBN 9781934621288
12 pieces | Solo voice & piano Acc
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ISBN 9780193804654

22 pieces | SATB/mixed choir

Octavo edition Paperback | $20.95















 Composer Fredo receives Artist Fellowship Award
from St. Louis Regional Arts Commission

Onovwerosuoke's rhythmic language would be worthy of analysis by students of the long process by which a common African-American language, musical and verbal, evolved out of the multiplicity of cultures of the enslaved. The overall effect is kinetic, colorful, and imposing — any symphonic programmer looking for music that will meet urban constituencies halfway should hear [his music]. 
- James Manheim ( critic)

Fred Onovwerosuoke's brief "Fanfare for Strings and Timpani," in its world premiere, was a rousing evocation of a Nigerian war dance, complete with the clanging of machetes -- fortunately only simulated.  -John von Rhein -(Chicago Tribune music critic)

...attractive, rather epigrammatic and made an immediate effect, a compelling mixture of technical challenges, memorable ideas and clever compositional working, none of which outstayed their welcome... - Review by Robert Matthew-Walker, ClassicalSource, London, UK.

..."The Gathering," an overture by Ghanaian-American composer Fred Onovwerosuoke was a brief, lively work propelled by rapid and aggressive African rhythms, creates a delicious sense of danger–all powerfully rendered by Marlon Daniel and his orchestra...
- Review by Victor Carr, Jr., ClassicsToday

The piano lines in [Fredo's "12 African Songs for Solo Voice and Piano"] are lively and catchy - indeed,  though their sources are more exotic than African-American spirituals or Langston  Hughes, the songs have the  most popular appeal of all the material  on this [Libera, AGCD 2106] recording. - Review by Chris King, The St Louis American

These kinetic pieces [Twenty-four Studies in African Rhythms] easily get under one’s skin and they sound like they are fun to play. - American Record Guide

Selected reviews of Oxford University Press' Songs of Africa: 22 Pieces for Mixed Voices by Fred Onovwerosuoke

Published arrangements of songs from Africa have not been uncommon in recent years, but this is the first volume I have seen that is genuinely pan-African in content, and compiled by someone completely immersed in Africa's diverse traditions and languages ... In contrast to our predominant European mentality, what shines through again and again is the music's simplicty, playfulness and joy - one of many reasons to celebrate this unique publication.
Matthew Greenall, The Singer

Now here's a really interesting book ... And boy is it stimulating ... Many of the arrangements or transcriptions are by Onovwerosuoke himself, and are interesting and ear-opening ... A great collection for doing something different with your choir or, even better, to take to a workshop to work on preoperly and in depth.
Jonathan Wikeley, Music Teacher

From OUP [Oxford University Pres] under the editorship of Fred Onovwerosuioke, the west African-born conductor and composer, comes a simply terrific volume of African songs for mixed voices, many with percussion or hand clapping, as well as the occasional instrument. The editor provides essential background information to each item as well as helpfully offering performance guidelines ... The volume is attractively produced and would make a useful addition to the library of any choir looking to expand and refresh its repertory. Warmly recommended.
Philip Reed, Choir & Organ





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