The Secret (coloratura-soprano and piano)
from Three Songs for Coloratura-Soprano and Piano op.15 no.2
Paul Laurence Dunbar, The Secret
(1925-2017) Robert Owens was a composer and pianist born in Dennison, Texas. Robert began composing at the age of eight and playing publicly at ten, then under the piano instruction of Genevieve Longrus. After a public school education in Berkeley, CA, Owens went to Paris working for four years as a piano student of Alfred Cortot and Jules Gentil at the École de Musique where he received the Diplome de Perfection in piano. Although he has had several academic positions in the US he has been particularly active through Europe and moved to Munich. Owens' work appears in anthologies of songs of African-American composers but has not been widely recorded or performed. Owens is the recipient of a commendation from the National Association of Negro Musicians and the Preisträger International Lifetime Achievement Award from AnDante Kulturmagazin. In 2009, the National Opera Association recognized Mr. Owens with the Legacy Award for lifetime achievement in opera. 2012 saw a resurgence in his music stateside, with the composer making appearances at several U.S. institutions.
Owens, Robert, "The Secret (coloratura-soprano and piano)" (2014). Dunbar Music Archive. 210.