#ClassicsaDay #BlackHistoryMonth Week 3 2023

For the month of February, the Classics a Day team once again chose Black History Month as the theme. Composers of color have made significant contributions to classical music throughout history.

And there’s a lot of great music still awaiting discovery. Here are my posts for #ClassicaDay for the third week of #BlackHistoryMonth.

02/13/23 Eleanor Alberga: Nightscape

Alberga was born in Jamaica. She arrived in the UK to study at the Royal Academy of Music in 1970 and lives there still. She became an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her services to music.

02/14/23 Kenneth Amis: Spring Overture

Amis was born in Bermuda. He is a tuba player and a member of the Empire Brass. He currently serves on the faculties of the Boston Conservatory, MIT, and the Longly School of Music.

02/15/23 Gussie Lord Davis: The Fatal Wedding

Davis was the first successful Black songwriter on Tin Pan Alley, publishing over 300 songs. In 1895 he placed second in a nationwide contest for best song in America. “Fatal Wedding” was his breakout hit in 1893.


02/16/23 Carman Moore: Folk Energy

Moore studied with Stephen Wolpe and taught at Yale. His work blends classical traditions with other musical genres, such as jazz.

02/17/23 Undine Smith Moore: Before I’d Be a Slave

Called the Dean of Black Women Composers, Moore spent a lifetime educating young musicians. She supervised music in the Goldsboro, NC public school system before joining the faculty at Virginia State University.

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