#ClassicsaDay #BlackLivesMatter Week 2

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.

06/06/20 Clarence Cameron White (1880-1960) Levee Dance

White was one of the foremost violinists of his generation, with career opportunities limited by race. Many of his works draw on African-American traditions.

06/07/20 Charles Lucien Lambert (1828-1896)

Lambert was born in New Orleans, a “free person of color.” He enjoyed a successful career as a composer and pianist only after leaving the U.S. in 1854 for France.

06/08/20 Lucien-Léon Guillaume Lambert (1858-1945)

Lucien-Léon was the son of Charles Lambert and born in France. He had a successful career in France, Portugal, and Brazil. But not the U.S.

06/09/20 Adolphus Hailstork (1941 – ) Epitaph for a Man Who Dreamed

Hailstork’s 1978 composition was written in memory of Martin Lurther King, Jr. He called it “a graveside service for a great man.”

06/10/20 Anthony R. Green – Fighting Spirit

Green calls himself a composer, performer, and social justice artist. He writes “when our work is blatantly ignored, disrespected, not studied, and not programmed, our voice is all we have.”

More Recent Posts

  • Classical Interviews – Arthur Zanin

    Charlottesville Symphony’s Principal Trumpet, Arthur Zanin, spoke with WTJU about discovering their orchestral passion, the versatility of the trumpet, and the significance of music in education. For more on Arthur Zanin, visit:arthurzanin.com For more on the Charlottesville Symphony, visit: cvillesymphony.org How I found the Orchestra The Different Sounds of the Trumpet Practicing for Trumpet The […]

  • Eric Coates Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 continues to entertain

    Tags: , , , , , , ,

    This release picks up where the first volume left off. It’s another collection of wonderful music by Eric Coates. Coates’ output was fairly consistent. it’s instantly appealing, modest in scope, and always effective in entertaining the listener. This release includes popular favorites such as “London Bridge,” and “Calling All Workers.” The cornerstones of the program […]

  • New Jazz Adds – 1/12/2021

    New Jazz Adds – 1/12/2021 Craig Brenner – Passages (Self-produced): “Craig Brenner explores the jazzy side of blues and boogie woogie piano. Called “a fine and funky pianist” by Living Blues, Craig has received multiple Indiana Arts Commission grants and he has been voted “Best Musician” in Bloomington, IN, in the Bloomington Independent; Craig & The Crawdads has […]

  • New Blues News – 1/12/2021

    New Blues News – 1/12/2021 John Fusco & The X-Road Riders – John The Revelator (Self-produced): “More than three decades after a teenaged Fusco ran away from his New England home to Louisiana and the Mississippi Delta — returning with a semi-autobiographical screenplay called Crossroads (and an unlikely discovery as a Hollywood screenwriter) — the […]