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Exploding the assumption that black women s only important musical contributions have been in folk, jazz, and popHelen Walker Hill s unique study provides a carefully researched examination of the history and scope of musical composition by African American women composers from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries Focusing on the effect of race, gender, and class, From Spirituals to Symphonies notes the important role played by individual personalities and circumstances in shaping this underappreciated category of American art The study also provides in depth exploration of the backgrounds, experiences, and musical compositions of eight African American women including Margaret Bonds, Undine Smith Moore, and Julia Perry, who combined the techniques of Western art music with their own cultural traditions and individual gifts Despite having gained national and international recognition during their lifetimes, the contributions of many of these women are today forgotten....

Title : From Spirituals to Symphonies: African-American Women Composers and Their Music
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ISBN : 0252074548
Format Type : Paperback
Language : English
Publisher : University of Illinois Press 1st Illinois Pbk edition March 9, 2007
Number of Pages : 428 pages
File Size : 773 KB
Status : Available For Download
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From Spirituals to Symphonies: African-American Women Composers and Their Music Reviews

  • AfroAmericanHeritage
    2019-02-02 16:34

    I love this book! While the research is scholarly, the writing is fluid and compelling, devoid of academic lingo which might otherwise frighten off those who are not students of music. I felt like I really got to know each of the composers here personally, and the book prompted me to track down their music online. I have a list of sources at my website, AfroAmericanHeritage dot com

  • Mizzmoon7
    2019-01-23 18:41

    This book is fantastic. Helen Walker-Hill does another great job of publishing a work about African American Women composers. The book also contains never before seen photos and detailed biographical information about the composers. This book is a gem!

  • Valerie Harris Gregory
    2019-02-09 16:40

    I got some wonderful insights into the life of our African American Women Composers. I have been looking for more information on them and this book was a great start.

  • John D. Hall
    2019-01-20 18:43

    Great book