#ClassicsaDay #BlackHistoryMonth 2022 Week 4

February is Black History Month, and a great opportunity to explore the music of black composers. That’s what the Classics a Day team felt, anyway.
As always, I tried to find works and composers that I hadn’t shared before during #BlackHistoryMonth. Here are my posts for the fourth week.

02/21/22 David Baker – Fantasy on Themes from Masque of the Red Death Ballet

Baker started his career in jazz and eventually moved into classical music. He’s often cited as an example of Third Stream Jazz. His Fantasy was composed in 1998.

 

02/21/22 Olly Wilson – Hold On: Symphony No. 3

Wilson based his 1998 symphony on the spiritual “Hold On.” It was inspired by a talk he gave to elementary school students about African American music and spiritual traditions.

 

02/22/22 Anthony R. Green – On Top of a Frosted Hill

Green originally composed this work for cello and piano in 2011. The version for cello and harp was created in 2014, and the viola and piano version in 2016.

 

02/23/22 Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges – String Quartet No. 5

Bologne published three sets of string quartets. Each set had six quartets. This quartet comes from the Op. 1 set, published in 1770.

 

02/24/22 Jeffrey Mumford – a veil of liquid diamonds

Mumford studied with Elliot Carter. According to the composer, many of his works are inspired by cloud imagery.

 

02/25/22 Rosephanye Powell – The Word was God

Dr. Powell is one of the premier choral composers working in America today. She’s also considered one of the leading authorities on the music of William Grant Still and African-American spirituals.

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