William Grant Still

Born 11 May 1895. Died 3 December 1978
William Grant Still
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1895-05-11
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William Grant Still

William Grant Still Biography (Wikipedia)

William Grant Still (May 11, 1895 – December 3, 1978) was an American composer of more than 150 works, including five symphonies and eight operas.

Often referred to as "the Dean" of African-American composers, Still was the first American composer to have an opera produced by the New York City Opera. Still is known most for his first symphony, the "Afro-American", which was until the 1950s the most widely performed symphony composed by an American.

Born in Mississippi, he grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, attended Wilberforce University and Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and was a student of George Whitefield Chadwick and later Edgard Varèse.

Of note, Still was the first African American to conduct a major American symphony orchestra, the first to have a symphony (his 1st Symphony) performed by a leading orchestra, the first to have an opera performed by a major opera company, and the first to have an opera performed on national television.

Due to his close association and collaboration with prominent Afro-American literary and cultural figures such as Alain Locke and Langston Hughes, William Grant Still is considered to be part of the Harlem Renaissance movement.

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Summerland (3 Visions)
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Summerland (3 Visions)

Summerland (3 Visions)

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Althea Waites
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William Grant Still
Symphony No 2 in G minor, 'Song of a New Race' (4th mvt)
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Symphony No 2 in G minor, 'Song of a New Race' (4th mvt)
William Grant Still
Symphony No 3, "The Sunday Symphony": II. 'Prayer'
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Symphony No 3, "The Sunday Symphony": II. 'Prayer'
William Grant Still
Poem for orchestra
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Poem for orchestra
Florence Beatrice Price, William Grant Still, Mei-Ann Chen & Chicago Sinfonietta
Dances in the Canebrakes (Arr. W.G. Still for Orchestra): No. 3, Silk Hat and Wa
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Dances in the Canebrakes (Arr. W.G. Still for Orchestra): No. 3, Silk Hat and Wa
Florence Beatrice Price, William Grant Still, Mei-Ann Chen & Chicago Sinfonietta
Dances in the Canebrakes (Arr. W.G. Still for Orchestra): No. 2, Tropical Noon
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Dances in the Canebrakes (Arr. W.G. Still for Orchestra): No. 2, Tropical Noon
Florence Beatrice Price, William Grant Still, Mei-Ann Chen & Chicago Sinfonietta
Dances in the Canebrakes (Arr. W.G. Still for Orchestra): No. 1, Nimble Feet
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Dances in the Canebrakes (Arr. W.G. Still for Orchestra): No. 1, Nimble Feet
William Grant Still
Grief
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Grief
William Grant Still
Highway One (Act I, Extract)
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Highway One (Act I, Extract)
William Grant Still
Lyric Quartet
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Lyric Quartet

Lyric Quartet

Ensemble
Oregon String Quartet
William Grant Still
Symphony No 2 (Song of a New Race)
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Symphony No 2 (Song of a New Race)
William Grant Still
Ennanga for harp, piano and string quartet
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Ennanga for harp, piano and string quartet

Ennanga for harp, piano and string quartet

Performer
Lois Adele Craft
Annette Kaufman
Ensemble
Kaufman Quartet
William Grant Still
Little Black Slave Child
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Little Black Slave Child

Little Black Slave Child

Performer
Christin-Marie Hill
Andrew Altenbach
William Grant Still
Wood Notes for orchestra
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Wood Notes for orchestra
William Grant Still
Symphony No 4 (Autochthonous)
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Symphony No 4 (Autochthonous)
William Grant Still
Bells
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Bells
William Grant Still
Festive Overture
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Festive Overture
William Grant Still
Incantation and Dance for oboe and piano
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Incantation and Dance for oboe and piano
William Grant Still
A Black Pierrot (Songs of Separation)
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A Black Pierrot (Songs of Separation)
William Grant Still
Old California
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Old California
William Grant Still
And They Lynched Him on a Tree
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And They Lynched Him on a Tree

And They Lynched Him on a Tree

Performer
Choir
Leigh Morris Chorale
Vocal Essence
William Grant Still
Out of the Silence (7 Traceries for piano)
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Out of the Silence (7 Traceries for piano)
William Grant Still
Symphony No 2 (Song of a New Race): 4. Moderately Slow
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Symphony No 2 (Song of a New Race): 4. Moderately Slow
William Grant Still
Blues, Part 1
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Blues, Part 1
William Grant Still
Romance
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Romance

Romance

Performer
Marcus Eley
Lucerne DeSa
William Grant Still
Kaintuck
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Kaintuck

Kaintuck

Performer
Richard Fields
Conductor
Jindong Cai
William Grant Still
A Deserted Plantation
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A Deserted Plantation
William Grant Still
Symphony No 1 (Afro-American)
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Symphony No 1 (Afro-American)
William Grant Still
Quit Dat Fool'nish
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Quit Dat Fool'nish
William Grant Still
Africa: Land of Peace
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Africa: Land of Peace
William Grant Still
La Guiablesse
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La Guiablesse
William Grant Still
Breath of a Rose
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Breath of a Rose
William Grant Still
Darker America
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Darker America
William Grant Still
Brown Baby
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Brown Baby
William Grant Still
Swanee River (Old Folks at Home)
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Swanee River (Old Folks at Home)
William Grant Still
Symphony no. 1 'Afro-American': I. Longing (Moderato assai)
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Symphony no. 1 'Afro-American': I. Longing (Moderato assai)
James P. Johnson
Yamekraw - Rhapsody for piano & orchestra
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Yamekraw - Rhapsody for piano & orchestra
William Grant Still
Africa (Symphonic Poem): ii. Land of Romance
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Africa (Symphonic Poem): ii. Land of Romance
William Grant Still
3 Visions (Radiant pinnacle)
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3 Visions (Radiant pinnacle)

3 Visions (Radiant pinnacle)

Performer
Monica Gaylord
Last played on
William Grant Still
Symphony no. 2 "Song of a new race" (1st mvt)
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Symphony no. 2 "Song of a new race" (1st mvt)
William Grant Still
The Sunday Symphony; Prayer (excerpt)
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The Sunday Symphony; Prayer (excerpt)

The Sunday Symphony; Prayer (excerpt)

Performer
The North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Carlton Woods (conductor)
William Grant Still
Symphony no. 4 "Autochthonous" (4th mvt)
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Symphony no. 4 "Autochthonous" (4th mvt)
William Grant Still
Moderato Assai
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Moderato Assai
William Grant Still
Cumbia y Congo (Danzas de Panama)
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Cumbia y Congo (Danzas de Panama)
William Grant Still
Incarnation for oboe and piano
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Incarnation for oboe and piano

Incarnation for oboe and piano

Performer
Joseph Robinson
Pedja Muzievic
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William Grant Still
Symphony no.1 'Afro American' (3rd mvt)
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Symphony no.1 'Afro American' (3rd mvt)
William Grant Still
Symphony no. 4 (Autochthonous): 3rd movement; With a graceful lilt
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Symphony no. 4 (Autochthonous): 3rd movement; With a graceful lilt
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