#ClassicsaDay #BlackLivesMatter Week 1

The Classics a Day team unanimously decided to make #BlackLivesMatter the theme for July. Classical music isn’t immune to systemic racism. It’s an art form that, like painting, sculpture, literature, or poetry, is a powerful form of expression for many voices. But some voices are heard more often than others.

If you’d like to learn more about composers of color, I recommend Music by Black Composers as a starting point.

06/01/20 Undine Smith Moore (1904-1989) – Afro-American Suite

Moore was born in Virginia, the granddaughter of former slaves. Her work represented the state at Kennedy Center Bicentennial celebration.

 

06/02/20 William Grant Still (1895-1978) – Africa Symphonic Poem

This work was to be part of a trilogy about the African-American experience. This symphonic poem is the first part, represents their cultural origins in Africa.

07/03/20 J. Rosamond Johnson (1873-1954) – Lift Every Voice and Sing

The words were a poem by his brother James Weldon. J. Rosamond Johnson’s composition became the official song of the NAACP, an organization both were active in.
Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us, 
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us

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