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Introduction

Catherine Parsons Smith

in William Grant Still

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780520215429
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520921573 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520215429.003.0001
Introduction

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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 aesthetic development within the context of the largely contested personal, professional, and cultural landscape where he worked. The chapter also summarizes several of the following chapters.

Keywords: William Grant Still; Afro-American Symphony; African American composer; Harlem Renaissance; aesthetic development

Chapter.  5354 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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