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Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875 - 1912)
Monday 25 October 2004 12:00-13:00 (Radio 3)
Repeated: Monday 1 November 2004 0:00-1:00 (Radio 3)
Samuel Coleridge Taylor was an unusual figure in Edwardian England: a young black composer from a poor background, who succeeded in winning the adulation of audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. He was repeatedly invited to visit America to conduct the work which had made him famous - his choral trilogy The Songs of Hiawatha. In England too, no other work, except perhaps Handel's Messiah, approached Hiawatha in popularity for nearly ten years.
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