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William Grant Still

“Afro-American” Symphony, Africa, and In Memoriam

John Jeter, Fort Smith Symphony

Naxos American Classics


June is Black Music Month and Naxos has a new release by the famous African-American composer William Grant Still (1895-1978). In addition to his most popular work, the “Afro-American” Symphony (1930), this disc also contains the tone poem Africa (1930), part of a trilogy depicting his African-American roots, and the poignant tribute to the fallen African-American soldiers of World War II, In Memoriam (1943).

Often referred to as the dean of African-American composers, Still rose from humble beginnings to work as an arranger while studying composition with Chadwick and Varèse. Still, an active participant in the Harlem Renaissance, incorporated the blues, spirituals, and jazz into his works, authoritatively enriching the European concert music tradition with the sounds of the African-American experience.



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