When I was approached by close friend and talented vocalist Hosea Griffith about writing a recital closer, I was thrilled at the opportunity! Hosea was performing a set of spirituals and couldn't seem to find one to end the show just right so he asked if I would compose a new one. He and I flipped through a very old hymnal and found the hymn "Happy Days Will Come Again", liked the text, and decided to reset it to new music. For this piece I was influenced by the styles of H.T. Burleigh and Moses Hogan, who were both instrumental in bringing the spiritual successfully to classical music. 

   Happy Days Will Come Again (2017)

Happy Days Will Come Again - Hosea Griffith, Tyler Kemp
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Instrumentation: Bar., Pno.

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Duration: 3 minutes

 

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