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William Grant Still

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.

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

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

Hiawatha

Trees

Ode to a Grecian Urn

Arcadia


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

Minute Waltz

Charleston

Maple Leaf Rag

Dance of the Reed Pipes


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