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STILL, W.S.: Symphonies Nos. 2,


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STILL, W.S.: Symphonies Nos. 2, "Song of a New Race" and 3, "The Sunday Symphony" / Wood Notes (Fort Smith Symphony, Jeter)

The life and career of the African-American composer William Grant Still qualifies as the quintessential American ‘success story.’ 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 embraced the blues, spirituals, jazz, and other ethnic American musics within classical forms. Wood Notes musically depicts Still’s love of nature. Symphony No. 2, the last of a trilogy of works depicting the African-American experience, presents the vision of an integrated American society, while Symphony No. 3 describes a spiritual ‘day in the life’ of a devout worshipper. This disc completes the Naxos cycle of William Grant Still’s Symphonies.

Still, William Grant

  Wood Notes
1.   I. Singing River: Moderately slow 00:06:46
2.   II. Autumn Night: Lightly 00:02:49
3.   III. Moon Dusk: Slowly and expressively 00:04:27
4.   IV. Whippoorwill's Shoes: Humorously 00:02:30
  Symphony No. 2 in G Minor, "Song of a New Race"
5.   I. Slowly 00:08:56
6.   II. Slowly and deeply expressive 00:07:19
7.   III. Moderately fast 00:03:37
8.   IV. Moderately slow 00:07:13
  Symphony No. 3, "The Sunday Symphony"
9.   I. The Awakening: Moderately fast 00:03:48
10.   II. Prayer: Very Slowly 00:06:34
11.   III. Relaxation: Gaily 00:02:30
12.   IV. Day's End and a New Beginning: Resolutely 00:05:09

Total Playing Time: 01:01:38

Still, William Grant

Jeter, John

Fort Smith Symphony

Label: Naxos

Series: American Classics

Genre: Orchestral

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.559676

Barcode: 636943967621

Physical Release: 12/2011

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