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William Grant Still:

About William Grant Still

William Grant Still has been called the Dean of Afro-American composers. Judith Anne Still, the composer's daughter, talks with Naomi Lewin about her father's life, and the difficulty he faced in the first half of 20th century America as a black man writing classical music.

Music heard in this episode:

William Grant Still: Danzas de Panama
William Grant Still: Indian Moccasin Game
William Grant Still: (spiritual) Motherless Child
William Grant Still: Garde Piti Mulet La
William Grant Still: Afro-American Symphony
William Grant Still: Symphony #2
William Grant Still: Get on Board


Special: A Conversation with Judith Ann Still
The daughter of William Grant Still, Judith Anne Still, now dedicates herself to getting her father's music recorded and played by orchestras. Listen to her talk about her father.


More shows about William Grant Still

The Afro-American Symphony
Black Composers of Classical Music
Paul Laurence Dunbar's Poetry

Learn more about William Grant Still

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This Week's Quiz

William Grant Still's grandmother sang what sort of music to him?

 spirituals

 operas

 musicals

 nursery rhymes

William Grant Still was the first African-American to

 win an Oscar

 conduct a major American orchestra

 play the piano in a public concert

 compose an opera

What new invention did Still's stepfather bring into the house?

 electric guitar

 phonograph

 player piano

 CD player

Classics For Kids

Our Shows

William Grant Still:

About William Grant Still

William Grant Still has been called the Dean of Afro-American composers. Judith Anne Still, the composer's daughter, talks with Naomi Lewin about her father's life, and the difficulty he faced in the first half of 20th century America as a black man writing classical music.

Music heard in this episode:

William Grant Still: Danzas de Panama
William Grant Still: Indian Moccasin Game
William Grant Still: (spiritual) Motherless Child
William Grant Still: Garde Piti Mulet La
William Grant Still: Afro-American Symphony
William Grant Still: Symphony #2
William Grant Still: Get on Board


Special: A Conversation with Judith Ann Still
The daughter of William Grant Still, Judith Anne Still, now dedicates herself to getting her father's music recorded and played by orchestras. Listen to her talk about her father.


More shows about William Grant Still

The Afro-American Symphony
Black Composers of Classical Music
Paul Laurence Dunbar's Poetry

Learn more about William Grant Still

Classics For Kids


This Week's Quiz

William Grant Still's grandmother sang what sort of music to him?

 spirituals

 operas

 musicals

 nursery rhymes

William Grant Still was the first African-American to

 win an Oscar

 conduct a major American orchestra

 play the piano in a public concert

 compose an opera

What new invention did Still's stepfather bring into the house?

 electric guitar

 phonograph

 player piano

 CD player

 

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