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List of Works

List of works



Sonatina Piano 1970
First Performance by Althea Waites, Norfolk


Chamber Jan. 24, 1971
Norfolk, VA


To a Condemned Neighborhood Piano 1999
(Reworked from original)


Rhapsody for B flat Clarinet and Piano 1999
(Reworked from original, created in 1970)


Largo B flat Clarinet


In the Shadow of Your Wings Flute 1999
(I will take refuge)


Crucifixtion C Trumpet 1999
(Original title was Improvisatrice)


Andante and Scherzo Trombone 1999


Jubilee Horn in F and piano 1999


Two Chorales Preludes for Organ 2001
1. You May Bury Me in de East
2. Kum Ba Ya


Lament B flat Trumpet and Piano 2002


Blue Serenade B flat Clarinet and Piano 2006


“Testimony” SATB, Baritone 1986

(A Prayer Service)
First Performance: Charles
Lloyd Vocal Arts Ensemble
Debut Concert: Detroit, MI

“King of Kings” SATB. Sop. & Mezzo Sop. and Piano 1986

By Commission for the Clarence Smith Community Chorus
Debuted Dec. 7, 1986 Third Baptist Church Toledo, Ohio
Revised 1995; SATB,Sop. Mezzo Sop. Tenor and Orchestra


“Ruth” (to be reworked) Performed by Norfolk State Opera Workshop

Gloria Amos, Director 1970
Ruth (A Gospel Singer) Soprano
Gabriel (Her husband) Tenor
Naomi (Her Mother) Mezzo Soprano
The Minister Baritone

“Song of Solomon” Opera in one act (libretto by Calvin Seerveld) 1988 Solomon Bass baritone

Schulamite Girl Soprano
Her Lover Tenor
Head Harem Women Mezzo Soprano
Her Brother Baritone
Women’s Chorus
Debuted in Rackham Auditorium; September 25, 1988 at 4:00p.m. with Willis Patterson, Bass, Jacqueline Paige-Green, Soprano Ray Wade, Tenor and Claritha Buggs. Mezzo-soprano. Concert version performed at Southern University; March 6, 1998 featuring Jacqueline Paige-Green, Soprano, Leon P. Turner, Bass-baritone, Claritha Buggs, Mezzo soprano, Frank Porretta, Tenor and the women’s voices from the Clarence Smith Heritage Choir.

“Emmett Till” Opera in Two Acts (libretto by Charles Lloyd, Jr.) 2008

Commissioned by the Trilogy Opera Company; Debuted August 2, 2008 Science Theatre, Science Park High School, Newark, New Jersey

Emmett Till (“Bobo”) Robert Mack, Tenor
Mamie Till-Mobley, mother Diana Solomon-Glover. Soprano
Alma Carthan, Mamie’s mother Alteouise de Vaughn, Mezzo-soprano
Willie Mae Jones Lori Brown Mirabal
Mose Wright, Great Uncle Raemond Martin, Baritone
Mary Lee Shelia Harris Jackson, Soprano
Uncle Crosby Taiwan Norris, Tenor
A.A. Rayner, Funeral Director Kevin Maynor, Bass
Jet Reporter Richard Hobson, Baritone
Gene Mobley Ivan Thomas, (Actor’s role)
Gregg Payne, Conductor
Tre Garrett, Director
Longar Ensemble Orchestra


Published Alfred Music July 2000; includes two CD’s featuring Jacqueline Paige Green, Soprano, Richard Hobson, Baritone and Charles Lloyd, Jr. Piano

Ain’t A Dat Good News
City Called Heaven (optional flute obligato)
Dere’s A Man Goin’ ‘Round Takin’ Names
Do Don’t Touch-A My Garment
Ev’ry Time I Feel De Spirit
Give Me Yo’ Hand
Hush! Somebody’s Callin’ My Name
I Want Jesus To Walk With Me
Let Us Break Bread Together
Listen To The Angels
Lord, I Can’t Turn Back
OL’ Time Religion
Rise, Shine, Give God The Glory
Were You There?



Amazing Grace (First version in high key); First performed by Gregory Hopkins, tenor; May 31, 1986, Detroit, Michigan

Amazing Grace (Second version in low key) Commissioned by Dr. Oral Moses in 2006

Give Me Jesus
I’ Been “Buked
I’m Troubled
I’m A Travlin’ To The Grave
Jesus Did It For Me (Rev. Lydia Starks)
Po’ Mo’ner Got A Home At Las’
Soon-a Will Be Done

There is A Balm (acappella) First performed by Jacqueline Paige-Green Tchaikovsky Voice Competition, Moscow Russia 1976

There Was A Man
They Led My Lord Away
This Little Light of Mine (with opt. sop. sax or clarinet)
Death is Gwinter Lay His Cold Icy Hands on Me
You May Bury Me in De East
In Dat Great Gitten Up Mornin’ 2010
Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel 2011
Deep River (from “Spirit Song”) 2011
Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child (from”Spirit Song) 2011


Compensation (Published in the “Anthology of Art Songs by Black American Composers)

I Judge Not My Own self (Revised in 1996) 1972
(First performance by Horace Fisher, baritone, Center Theater; 3/19/72)
Emmett Till (J. Emanuel) Transformed into aria in opera Emmett Till 1978
Thought (from Great Day in the Morning, Jessye Norman, soprano) 1982
I Will Live With A Song In My Heart (A Serenade) 1999


Make a Joyful Noise SATB, Mezzo soprano, Brass & Tympani 1983
(First Performance: Inaugural Ceremony for President Raymond Burse, Kentucky State University)
Fairest Lord Jesus SATB, Bass solo and piano 1986
(First performance: Charles Lloyd Vocal Arts Ensemble; Pinkster Day Festival: Orchestra hall, Detroit, MI)
Trilogy SATB, Piano (recorded Jessye Norman; Philips Records 1978

1.Little David Play on Your Harp
2.Ezekiel Saw the Wheel
3.Great Day

O Holy Night SATB, Trumpet and Piano 1991
(First performance: Southern University Concert Choir Annual “Candlelight” Christmas Concert; December 1991 Baton Rouge, LA)

Fireside Medley (Christmas) SATB, Trumpet and Piano 1993
(First Performance: Southern University Concert Choir Annual “Candlelight” Christmas Concert; December 1993
Fairest Lord Jesus SATB, bass solo and piano 1989
Old Man River TTBB, Bass solo (acappella) 1983
(First Performance Baltimore School of the Arts)
Honor, Honor TTBB, baritone solo (acappella) revised 1989
I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say TTBB and piano revised 1989/2006
Soon-a Will Be Done TTBB, acappella revised 1989
Deep River TTBB, acappella revised 1989
I’m a Gonna Live Always SSAA/TTBB and piano 1987
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross TTBB, acappella 1983
Ode SATB and woodwinds 1970


All I Need SATB Baton Rouge, LA 1992
Anyhow SATB Toledo, OH 1991
Deep River SATB Toledo, OH 1991
Do Lawd, Oh Do Lawd SATB, Sop solo Ann Arbor, MI 1976
Down By the Riverside SATB Toledo, OH 1991
Fix Me Jesus SATB, Mezzo solo Toledo, OH 1989
Freedom Train-a Comin’ SATB Toledo, OH 1989
Give Me Jesus SATB, Sop. solo Toledo, OH 1971
(Published KJOS Music)
God is a God SATB Toledo, OH 1991
Good News! The Chariot’s SATB, Sop. solo Toledo, OH 1991
Go Tell It on the Mountain SATB Frankfort, KY 1984
He’s Got the Whole World SATB Baltimore, MD 1982
in His Hands (from “Great Day in the Morning”)
I Stood On The River of SATB Baton Rouge, LA 2009
I’ve Got a Robe SATB Baltimore, MD 1982
(“Great Day in the Morning”)
I’ve Got To Keep Busy Lord SATB Toledo, OH 1988
I’ve Heard of a City SATB, alto solo Baton Rouge, LA 1994
I Wanna Be Ready Double chorus Toledo, OH 1990
I Woke Up Dis Mornin’ SATB Toledo, OH 1989
Jacob’s Ladder SATB Baton Rouge, LA 1992
Kum Ba Ya SATB Baton Rouge, LA 1992
Let Us Break Bread Together SATB Toledo, OH 1990
Little Boy SATB Baton Rouge, LA 1992
Live a Humble SATB, Sop. solo Ann Arbor, MI 1976
Lord, Don’t Move Dat SATB Toledo, OH Revised 1993
Lord, I Want to be a Christian SATB Toledo, OH Revised (2015) 1996
Ma Soul’s Been Anchored SATB Toledo, OH 1991
My Lord What A Morning SATB Ann Arbor, MI 1976
Nobody Knows De Trouble SATB, Sop. solo Ann Arbor, MI Revised 1991
Nobody Knows I Once Was SATB Toledo, OH 1991
O, A Little Talk With Jesus SATB Toledo, OH 1991
O Glory SATB, Alto solo Baton Rouge, LA 1992
O Shepherd Feed My Sheep SATB, Tenor solo Baton Rouge, LA 1992
Po Mo’ner Got A Home SATB Toledo, OH 1989
Ride Up in de Chariot SATB Baton Rouge, LA 2009
Rise, Shine, Give God the SATB Baton Rouge, LA 1994
the Glory
Sinner, Please Don’t Let SATB Baltimore, MD 1982
Dis Harvest Pass
Sometimes I feel Like a SATB, Sop. & Ten. Toledo, OH 1990
Motherless Child
Stan’ Still Jordan SATB, Bari. solo Toledo, OH 1991
Steal Away (first version) SATB Toledo, OH 1990
Steal Away (second version) SATB Baton Rouge, LA
Swing Low Sweet Chariot SATB, Sop. solo Baton Rouge, LA 2009
There is a Balm In Gilead SATB, Sop. solo Toledo, OH 1991
This Little Light of Mine SATB, quartet Baton Rouge, LA 1992
This Ol’ Hammer SATB Baltimore, MD 1982
(from “Great Day in the Morning”)
Walk About Elders SATB Baltimore, MD 1982
Walk Together Children SATB, sop. solo Norfolk, VA 1976
We Shall Overcome SATB Baton Rouge, LA 1993
What Ya Gonna Do When SATB Baton Rouge, LA 1996
Your Lamp Burns Down
Witness SATB Baltimore, MD 1982
You’d Better Min’ SATB Toledo, OH 1991
You May Bury Me SATB Baton Rouge, LA 1991


Glory to God Baton Rouge, LA 1992
Lord Give Me Tomorrow Baton Rouge, LA 1992
The Lord’s Prayer Toledo, OH 1987
There’s A Story to Remember Baton Rouge, LA 1991


Spirituals by Williams Dawson 1990
(Commissioned by David Carter and debuted by the Toledo Symphony Orchestra)
Wade in the Water by Margaret Bonds (Adapted for voice and piano)
Oh Freedom SATB, baritone solos) Published KJOS Music Company
I Believe I’ll Go Back Home (recorded by Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman, Philips Records)
Magnolias and Honeysuckle (Vera Embry Dance Suite for SATB, Mezzo sop. and piano) University of Michigan
In Times Like These SATB, Sop. solo, piano, violin, and cello (gospel)
It is Well SATB, Bari. solo, piano (gospel)
One Voice (Barry Manilow) Arranged for SATB and piano
A Place in the Sun Arr. SATB and piano
Precious Lord (Thomas Dorsey) two solo voices and piano
There’s A Place for Us (from West Side Story) arr. SATB, low voice, flute, string bass and flute
People arr. for mezzo sop. and piano
Ain’t But the One (Duke Ellington) arr. for tenor and piano; 1999
Lord I Don’t Feel No Ways Tired Bari. Clarinet and piano; 2009
Commissioned by Richard Hobson


Art song Compensation “Anthology or Art Songs by Black American Composers
Compiled by Willis C. Patterson
Edward B. Marks/Hal Leonard Corp. 1977
Give Me Jesus, SATB, Sop. solo
O Freedom, SATB, Baritone solo KJOS Music Publishing

“The Spiritual Art Song Collection” Warner Brothers Music/ Alfred Music 2000


Three Sacred Songs 1981

Prayer (Roger De’Vigne)
Angels (Gertrude H. McGiffert)
Beggar of Counstances Cathedral (Gertrude H. McGiffert)
Cantata (Psalm 30) for soprano 1975
Ballad of the Black Mother (for bass voice, double bass or cello, and piano) 1978
Sun of Justice (Cantata for baritone, violin and piano) 1981

1. O Splendor Rising (Antiphon o oriens Liturgy of Dec. 21th)
2. Song of Deliverance
3. Testimony
4. Prayer and Alleluia

Lament of the Black Man (for baritone and piano) 1991
First performance by Leon P. Turner, bass baritone; Southern University
February 11, 1996

This Land, South Africa (for bass/baritone and piano) Text: Don Matera 1997
(Commissioned by Kevin Maynor, bass; first performance in Soweta, South Africa, July 22, 1998)

How Avidly We Waited on His Song (for Bass and piano) Text: Don Matera 1997

(Commissioned by Kevin Maynor, bass; first performance in Soweto, South Africa, July 22, 1998)

Witness (for Soprano, Baritone and Piano) 1998

(Commissioned by Richard Hobson; Debuted in Carnegie Hall April20, 1998)


Spirit Song (A Cantata for Soprano, Baritone, Chorus and Piano) 2011
Debuted Saturday, April 16, 2011
River Road Historical Society Concert commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the 1811 Slave Revolt program entitled Slave Songs & Spirituals; Mt. Zion Baptist Church, St. Rose, Louisiana. Performed by Jacqueline Paige-Green, soprano, Richard Hobson, baritone, Joao Paulo Casarotti piano and the Southern University Concert Choir.
Performed April 27, 2016 Southern University DeBose Recital Hall with Jacquelie Paige-Green, soprano, Richard Hobson, baritone, SU Concert Choir the Lousiana Chamber Orchestra and conducted by

Evensong (A Cantata for Narrator, SATB, Tenor solo and Piano)


Abide with Me Baton Rouge, LA 1992
Amazing Grace Baton Rouge, LA 1991
And I Know He Watches Me Baton Rouge, LA 1992
Holy Lord Baton Rouge, LA 1993
How Great Thou Art Baton Rouge, LA 1992
I Must Tell Jesus Toledo, OH 1987
I Surrender All Baton Rouge, LA 1993
Near the Cross Baton Rouge, LA 1993
On Solid Ground Baton Rouge, LA 2007
Precious Lord (First version) Frankfort, KY 1983
Precious Lord (Second version) Toledo, OH
On Solid Ground Baton Rouge, LA 2007
We’ve Come This Far By Faith Baton Rouge, LA 2012


Peace I Leave With You Baton Rouge, LA 1992
Lord You Are Worthy Toledo, OH 1989
Thank you Lord Baton Rouge, LA 1994


Great Day in the Morning Jessye Norman, soprano Philips Records

Spirituals Jessye Norman, soprano Philips Records

Spirituals in Concert Jessye Norman and Kathleen Battle Deutsche Grammophon

The Passion of Christ in Spirituals Veronica Tyler, sop. BRC Recording

( Library of Congress)

Let It Shine Laura English-Robinson, sop. aca Digital Recording

Carolyn Sebron, mezzo sop. Marie-Claude Arbaretaz, piano Pro Musicis

Ain’t A Dat Good News (African American Art Songs and Spirituals) Richard Heard Tenor 1998
The Black Art Song Kevin Maynor, Bass Fleur De Son Classics 2000

The New Spiritual (Publication with CD) Complied by Willis Patterson

American Masters Series VII – The Music of Charles Lloyd 2008
Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Chorale
Paul John Stanbery – Music Director

Donnie Ray Albert in Recital Donnie Ray Albert Cinnebar Records
(Performs “Ol’ Time Religion” by Charles Lloyd, Jr.)

Songs of America Oral Moses, Bass Albany Records
(Performs “Amazing Grace” & “Ballad of the Black Mother”
Come Down Angels Oral Moses, Bass Albany Records 2014
Death Is Gwinter to Lay His Cold Icy Hands on Me C.Lloyd, Jr.
Do Don’t Touch-A My Garment C. Lloyd, Jr.


The Contribution of Twentieth Century African American Composers t the Solo Trumpet Repertoire: A Discussion and Analysis of Selected works by: Ulysses S. Kay, Adolphus C. Hailstork, Regina Harris Baiocchi, and Charles Lloyd, Jr.

Orrin M. Wilson
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, orrinwilson 1@gmail.com

The Vocal Works of Charles Lloyd, Jr.: A Performer’s Guide to Selected Dramatic Works, Art Songs, and Spiritual Art Songs

Charis Kelly Hudson
Louisiana State University 2011

Interviewed for

“Music Down in My Soul”; Achieving a Sound Ideal for Moses Hogan Spirituals

Loneka Wilkenson Battiste
Louisiana State University 2014

Evaluating Appropriate Repertoire for Developing Singers An African American Art Song Anthology: Art song “Compensation” By Charles Lloyd, Jr. reviewed and critiques.
Nicole Michelle Sonbert
University of Kentucky 2018

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