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William Grant StillA Study in Contradictions$
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Catherine Parsons Smith

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520215429

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520215429.001.0001

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“Dean of Afro-american Composers” or “harlem Renaissance Man”

“Dean of Afro-american Composers” or “harlem Renaissance Man”

The New Negro and the Musical Poetics of William Grant Still

(p.39) “Dean of Afro-american Composers” or “harlem Renaissance Man”
William Grant Still

Catherine Parsons Smith

University of California Press

This chapter describes the relationship between Still's work and the Harlem Renaissance. It studies three style periods of Still's concert music, namely “Ultra-Modern”, “racial”, and “universal.” This chapter uses the connection between the Harlem Renaissance and modernism to explain Still's position in American music.

Keywords:   Harlem Renaissance, style periods, concert music, Ultra-Modern, racial, universal, modernism, American music

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