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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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The Afro-american Symphony and Its Scherzo

The Afro-american Symphony and Its Scherzo

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(p.114) The Afro-american Symphony and Its Scherzo
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William Grant Still
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Catherine Parsons Smith

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520215429.003.0007

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

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