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Classical Composers & Musicians of African Descent Vol. I

From: Howard Burchette
Series: The Classics
Length: 53:05

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This limited series of classical music will feature four composers of African descent and two musicians of African descent. On this program today we will explore the music of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, William Grant Still, Andre Watts, David Baker, William Levi Dawson and others. André Watts is a classical pianist and professor at the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University. Chevalier Meude-Monpas was a French composer and a black Musketeer. William Grant Still was an African-American classical composer who wrote more than 150 compositions. William Levi Dawson was an African-American composer, choir director and professor. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor was an Afro-English composer who achieved such success that he was once called the "African Mahler". Michael Abels is a Los Angeles based African-American composer. The Chicago Sinfonietta was founded by Maestro Paul Freeman in 1987 in response to the lack of opportunity for minority classical musicians, composers, and soloists. Read the full description.

Lechevalier-_small Classical Composers and Musicians of African Descent Vol. I is a one hour program divided into three sets leaving room for PSAs, the news, announcements, station IDs etc.

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Classical Composers and Musicians of African Descent Vol. I is a one hour program divided into three sets leaving room for PSAs, the news, announcements, station IDs etc.

Broadcast History

2012

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Joyful Day (edit) Fela Sowande AFRICAN SUITE FOR STRINGS. Decca 1952 07:49
Franz Joseph Haydn: Keyboard Sonata in C major, H. 16/48 Andre Watts Andre Watts At Carnegie Hall [Live]. EMI 1992 05:31
Chevalier Meude-Monpas: Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major/Adagio Rachel Barton Pine Violin Concertos by Black Composers of the 18th & 19th Centuries. Cedille 1999 05:47
William Levi Dawson: Negro Folk Symphony, for orchestra John Jeter Afro-American Symphony; In Memoriam; Africa (Symphonic Poem). Naxos American 2005 07:28
William Grant Still: Symphony No. 2 in G minor, "Song of a New Race": I. Slowly Neeme Jarvi Symphony 2; Dawson: Negro Folk Symphony; Ellington: Harlem. Chandos 1994 09:58
Coleridge-Taylor: Ballade In A Minor, Op.33 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Butterworth: The Banks Of Green Willow; A Shropshire Lad/ /McGunn: The Land Of The Mountain And The Flood/Coleridge-Taylor: Symphonic Variations On An African Air &c.. Decca 2010 11:16
David Baker: Global Warming Chicago Sinfonietta African Heritage Symphonic Series, Volume 3. Cedille 2003 08:18

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