William Grant Still
By (author) Catherine Parsons Smith
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William Grant Still by Catherine Parsons Smith
Book DescriptionIn this compact introduction to the life and work of eminent African American composer William Grant Still (1895-1978), Catherine Parsons Smith tracks the composer's interrelated careers in popular and concert music. Still merged both musical traditions in his work, studying composition with George W. Chadwick at the New England Conservatory, collaborating with Langston Hughes on Troubled Island, and working as a commercial arranger and composer on Broadway and radio during the Harlem Renaissance. Still also played in the pit band for Shuffle Along, served as recording director for the first black-owned record label, Black Swan, and arranged music for artists such as Sophie Tucker, Paul Whiteman, and Artie Shaw. Best known for his Afro-American Symphony and other works that drew heavily on black American musical heritage, Still struggled against financial hardship and declining attention to his work, which he attributed to political and racist conspiracies. This \u0022dean of Afro-American composers\u0022 created his own, unique version of musical modernism, influencing commercial music, symphonic music, and opera in the process.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780252033223
(5499mm x 3895mm x 407mm)
Imprint: University of Illinois Press
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publish Date: 3-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Catherine Parsons Smith
Making Music in Los Angeles, Hardback (October 2007)
Offers a social history of music in Los Angeles from the 1880s to 1940. This book describes the music scene over some sixty years, including opera, concert giving and promotion, and the struggles of individuals who pursued music as an ideal, a career, a trade, a business. It argues that music making was closely tied to Progressive Era issues.
William Grant Still, Paperback (March 2000)» View all books by Catherine Parsons Smith
During the 1930s and 1940s William Grant Still was known as the "Dean of Afro-American Composers". He worked as an arranger for early radio, on Broadway, and in Hollywood. This text brings William Grant Still out of the archives and examines his place in America's musical heritage.
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Author Biography - Catherine Parsons Smith
Catherine Parsons Smith is a professor emerita of music at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is the author of Making Music in Los Angeles: Transforming the Popular and William Grant Still: A Study in Contradictions.
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