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William Grant Still: A Study in Contradictions

Catherine Parsons Smith


During the 1930s and 1940s William Grant Still (1895–1978) was known as the “Dean of Afro-American Composers.” He worked as an arranger for early radio, on Broadway, and in Hollywood; major symphony orchestras performed his concert works; and an opera, written in collaboration with Langston Hughes, was produced by the New York City Opera. Despite these successes, the composer's name gradually faded into obscurity. This book brings William Grant Still out of the archives and examines his place in U.S. musical heritage. It also provides a window onto America's cultural past. Until now, Still's p ... More

Keywords: William Grant Still, Afro-American composers, early radio, Broadway, Hollywood, symphony orchestras, opera, Langston Hughes, Afro American Symphony, anticommunism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780520215429
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520215429.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine Parsons Smith, author