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The Royal Scottish National Orchestra teams up with it's Assistant Conductor Kellen Gray to record works by three of the twentieth century's greatest African American voices. Released to coincide with Black History Month, the two symphonies by William Levi Dawson and William Grant Still proved to be fundamental in the utilization of Afro-American idioms within the symphonic form. Each composer focused on one of the two original staples of African American music: folk and jazz. William Levi Dawson's Negro Folk Symphony takes it's inspiration from West African folk idioms, American Negro spirituals and early African American folk rhythms and songs from Gullah culture. William Grant Still's Symphony No. 1 draws it's influence from elements popular in jazz and pre-jazz. Although the latter is the more well-known figure in American music, Dawson was every bit as significant in the timeline of African American music, and his only published symphony is astonishingly mature for a composer's earliest efforts at symphonic writing. This program also celebrates the centenary of George Walker's birth with the inclusion of his Lyric for Strings.
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra teams up with it's Assistant Conductor Kellen Gray to record works by three of the twentieth century's greatest African American voices. Released to coincide with Black History Month, the two symphonies by William Levi Dawson and William Grant Still proved to be fundamental in the utilization of Afro-American idioms within the symphonic form. Each composer focused on one of the two original staples of African American music: folk and jazz. William Levi Dawson's Negro Folk Symphony takes it's inspiration from West African folk idioms, American Negro spirituals and early African American folk rhythms and songs from Gullah culture. William Grant Still's Symphony No. 1 draws it's influence from elements popular in jazz and pre-jazz. Although the latter is the more well-known figure in American music, Dawson was every bit as significant in the timeline of African American music, and his only published symphony is astonishingly mature for a composer's earliest efforts at symphonic writing. This program also celebrates the centenary of George Walker's birth with the inclusion of his Lyric for Strings.
691062069922

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Format: CD
Label: Linn Records
Rel. Date: 10/28/2022
UPC: 691062069922

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The Royal Scottish National Orchestra teams up with it's Assistant Conductor Kellen Gray to record works by three of the twentieth century's greatest African American voices. Released to coincide with Black History Month, the two symphonies by William Levi Dawson and William Grant Still proved to be fundamental in the utilization of Afro-American idioms within the symphonic form. Each composer focused on one of the two original staples of African American music: folk and jazz. William Levi Dawson's Negro Folk Symphony takes it's inspiration from West African folk idioms, American Negro spirituals and early African American folk rhythms and songs from Gullah culture. William Grant Still's Symphony No. 1 draws it's influence from elements popular in jazz and pre-jazz. Although the latter is the more well-known figure in American music, Dawson was every bit as significant in the timeline of African American music, and his only published symphony is astonishingly mature for a composer's earliest efforts at symphonic writing. This program also celebrates the centenary of George Walker's birth with the inclusion of his Lyric for Strings.
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