SAMUEL COLERIDGE-TAYLOR (1875 - 1912)
The reputation of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, son of an English mother
and a father who was a doctor from Sierra Leone, has suffered
in recent years, although at one time his music enjoyed considerable
popularity in England, while as a conductor visiting New York
he was hailed by one critic as "the black Mahler".
Coleridge-Taylor's best known composition is the cantata Hiawatha's Wedding Feast, later extended as Scenes from the Song of Hiawatha, based on the poem by Longfellow.
The ballet music from Hiawatha was later arranged as an orchestral suite. The Petite Suite de concert of 1910 has retained a measure of popularity also in a piano arrangement.