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STILL, W.G.: Symphonies Nos. 4,


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STILL, W.G.: Symphonies Nos. 4, "Autochthonous" and 5, "Western Hemisphere" / Poem (Fort Smith Symphony, Jeter)

Often referred to as the ‘dean of African-American composers’, William Grant Still received many honours for his pioneering music for the concert platform, film and television. Still’s most distinctive works use African-American forms such as the blues, spirituals and jazz within a neo-romantic idiom. He declared that his Fourth Symphony was ‘intended to represent the spirit of the American people’, an idée fixe unifying its four contrasting movements into an appealing whole. His triumphant Fifth Symphony celebrates ‘the sharing of resources and achievements’ which the composer saw as the key to America’s greatness.

Still, William Grant

  Symphony No. 5, "Western Hemisphere"
1.   I. Briskly 00:03:20
2.   II. Slowly, and with utmost grace 00:06:36
3.   III. Energetically 00:02:48
4.   IV. Moderately 00:06:48
5.   Poem 00:10:27
  Symphony No. 4, "Autochthonous"
6.   I. Moderately 00:06:08
7.   II. Slowly 00:06:54
8.   III. With a graceful lilt 00:03:03
9.   IV. Slowly and reverently 00:10:04

Total Playing Time: 00:56:08

Still, William Grant

Jeter, John

Fort Smith Symphony

Label: Naxos

Series: American Classics

Genre: Orchestral

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.559603

Barcode: 636943960325

Physical Release: 10/2009

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