The Afro-american Symphony and Its Scherzo

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:
The Afro-american Symphony and Its Scherzo

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This chapter discusses in detail the Afro-American Symphony, focusing on its third movement, the Scherzo. The score of the Scherzo is now included in the latest edition of a widely used anthology, while the Afro-American Symphony is considered to be Still's most popular work. It describes the Afro-American Symphony as the single most influential expression of Still's aesthetic of racial fusion, where he brought together the symphony and the blues and changed both in the process. This chapter notes the racial barrier that existed in popular music and concert music, and compares the Afro-American Symphony to other popular symphonies during the time.

Keywords: Afro-American Symphony; Scherzo; aesthetic of racial fusion; symphony; blues; racial barrier; popular music; concert music

Chapter.  11797 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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