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Music Library Thematic Displays: Celebration of Black History Month
This guide showcases resources from the George F. DeVine Music Library centered on specific themes. Selected themes reflect UT School of Music events and programs, as well as cultural celebrations.
Celebration of Black History Month 2021 Theme: The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity
The George F. DeVine Music Library is celebrating and honoring Black History Month by showcasing and remembering some of the many amazing Black artists that positively impacted the realms of music even to today. In our display case found inside of our library, we are highlighting two 20th-century composers, Florence B. Price and William Grant Still, with some of their scores, CDs, and books. Throughout this LibGuide, you will find biographies from our UT Libraries databases, materials from our collection, and information directly from the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.
William Grant Still by Catherine Parsons SmithIn 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 "dean of Afro-American composers" created his own, unique version of musical modernism, influencing commercial music, symphonic music, and opera in the process.
Call Number: ML410.S855 S64 2008
Publication Date: 2008-07-03
I Dream a World by Beverly SollWilliam Grant Still (1895-1978) dreamed of a world in which his eight operas--for him the ultimate form of musical expression--would be heard in the major opera houses in the United States, devoting most of his career toward the pursuit of this goal. The first part of I Dream a World creates a context for Still's operas and explores commonalities among them, including structural elements and musical characteristics. The second part traces the research, composition, and perform-ances of the operas as a way of documenting the history of the composer and his contributions to American opera. Although I Dream a World is not intentionally biographical, it is very pers-onal. It is more than the story of William Grant Still's love of operatic music, of the libretti that reflect his own life and philosophy, and of the world he dreamed through his work. It opens a window on Still the man as well as on Still the composer that offers important insights into the social milieu of this pioneering figure.
Call Number: ML410.S855 S69 2005
Publication Date: 2005-04-01
Audio/Visual Materials for William Grant Still
Symphony No. 1 (Afro-American)
Below are the four movements of William Grant Still's Symphony No. 1 (Afro-American) from one of our database, Alexander Street Press.
I. Moderato assai
IV. Lento, con risoluzione
Attached is a score of the piece at the bottom from Alexander Street Press.
The Black Women Writers database celebrates the many voices of women from Africa and the African Diaspora. Offering fiction, poetry, and essays from three continents and 20 countries, the database gives an unparalleled view of the struggles of black women through time.