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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

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

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520215429.003.0004

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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