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William Grant Still
Afro-American Symphony

Black Composers of Classical Music

William Grant Still was a 20th century African-American composer. But hundreds of years before he lived, there were other black composers. And there are black composers of classical music alive today.

Here's another website to help you learn more.

The Music of Freedom
The songs that helped the slaves escape to the north, as well as others that celebrate freedom.

Track list:
William Grant Still: Afro-American Symphony
Chevalier De St. Georges: Violin Concerto
Jose (Joseph) White: Violin Concerto
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Hiawatha
Fela Sowande: African Suite
Adolphus Hailstork: Done Made my Vow
James Kimo Williams: Fanfare for Life
James P. Johnson: Charleston
Scott Joplin: Maple Leaf Rag

Classics for Kids Quiz

1. Which of the following composers was NOT an Afro-American?

Chevalier de Saint-Georges

Joseph White

Fela Sowande

Aaron Copland

2.Samuel Coleridge-Taylor is most famous for a piece inspired by the poem



Ode to a Grecian Urn


3. What famous dance tune was written by James P. Johnson?

Minute Waltz


Maple Leaf Rag

Dance of the Reed Pipes

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