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William Grant Still: A Study in Contradictions

Catherine Parsons Smith

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520215429
eISBN:
9780520921573
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520215429.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

During the 1930s and 1940s William Grant Still (1895–1978) was known as the “Dean of Afro-American Composers.” He worked as an arranger for early radio, on Broadway, and in Hollywood; major symphony ... More


New Paradigms in William Grant Still’s Blue Steel

Gayle Murchison

in Blackness in Opera

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252036781
eISBN:
9780252093890
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252036781.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter examines the aesthetics underlying William Grant Still's Blue Steel and contextualizes it as a Harlem Renaissance work engaged with the African past and Still's diasporic present. ... More


Introduction

Catherine Parsons Smith

in William Grant Still: A Study in Contradictions

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520215429
eISBN:
9780520921573
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520215429.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

This introductory chapter discusses William Grant Still, an African American composer best known for his work, the Afro-American Symphony. It takes a look at the Harlem Renaissance and Still's ... More


Cathenne Parsons Smith: From William Grant Still: A Study in Contradictions (2000)

Robert Wyatt and John Andrew Johnson

in The George Gershwin Reader

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195327113
eISBN:
9780199851249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327113.003.0043
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter presents an excerpt from Catherine Parsons Smith's 2000 book William Grant Still: A Study in Contradictions focusing on the George Gershwin's composition I Got Rhythm. Smith analyzes the ... More


“Hail Muse Americana!”

Annegret Fauser

in Sounds of War: Music in the United States during World War II

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199948031
eISBN:
9780199345953
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199948031.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, American

Intentionally nationalist works are often discussed in pejorative terms in historical accounts of twentieth-century music. But during World War II such compositions flourished, including so blatantly ... More


Verna Arvey: “George Gershwin through the Eyes of a Friend” (1948)

Robert Wyatt and John Andrew Johnson

in The George Gershwin Reader

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195327113
eISBN:
9780199851249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327113.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter presents Verna Arvey's comments on the music of George Gershwin as a friend and professional colleague. Arvey provided a portrait of Gershwin's place in American music against the ... More


“I Dream a World”: Rewriting Hughes’s Signature Poem

W. Jason Miller

in Origins of the Dream: Hughes's Poetry and King's Rhetoric

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780813060446
eISBN:
9780813050713
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813060446.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter documents King’s most visible engagements with Langston Hughes’s poem “I Dream a World.” This engagement reveals how King internalized and then rewrote Hughes’s dream in a series of ... More


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