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William Grant Still:

Historic Black Composers

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

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

Music heard in this episode:

William Grant Still: Get On Board
Joseph Bologne: Violin Concerto
Jose White Lafitte: Violin Concerto
Frank Johnson: Philadelphia Gray's Quickstep (on a theme from Bellini's opera La Sonnambula)
Nora Douglas Holt: Negro Dance
Florence Price: Symphony #1 in e minor
Margaret Bonds: Troubled Water
George Walker: Address for Orchestra
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Hiawatha's Wedding Feast
J. Rosamond Johnson: Lift Every Voice and Sing (arr. William Grant Still)

More shows about William Grant Still

About William Grant Still
The Afro-American Symphony
Paul Laurence Dunbar's Poetry

Learn more about William Grant Still

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This Week's Quiz!

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

 Joseph Bologne

 Margaret Bonds

 George Walker

 Aaron Copland

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

 Hiawatha's Wedding Feast

 Trees

 Ode to a Grecian Urn

 Arcadia

Composer and Bandleader Francis ''Frank'' Johnson played what instrument?

 Violin

 Bugle

 Piano

 Oboe

Classics For Kids

Our Shows

William Grant Still:

Historic Black Composers

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

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

Music heard in this episode:

William Grant Still: Get On Board
Joseph Bologne: Violin Concerto
Jose White Lafitte: Violin Concerto
Frank Johnson: Philadelphia Gray's Quickstep (on a theme from Bellini's opera La Sonnambula)
Nora Douglas Holt: Negro Dance
Florence Price: Symphony #1 in e minor
Margaret Bonds: Troubled Water
George Walker: Address for Orchestra
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Hiawatha's Wedding Feast
J. Rosamond Johnson: Lift Every Voice and Sing (arr. William Grant Still)

More shows about William Grant Still

About William Grant Still
The Afro-American Symphony
Paul Laurence Dunbar's Poetry

Learn more about William Grant Still

Classics For Kids


This Week's Quiz!

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

 Joseph Bologne

 Margaret Bonds

 George Walker

 Aaron Copland

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

 Hiawatha's Wedding Feast

 Trees

 Ode to a Grecian Urn

 Arcadia

Composer and Bandleader Francis ''Frank'' Johnson played what instrument?

 Violin

 Bugle

 Piano

 Oboe

 

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