Follow me: the life and music of R. Nathaniel Dett

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Scarecrow Press, May 1, 1993 - Biography & Autobiography - 678 pages
Best known for his spectacular direction of the Hampton Institute Choir (1913-31), Robert Nathaniel Dett (1822-1943) was also a fine pianist, composer, and arranger of Negro folk songs and spirituals. In 1908 he was the first African American to receive a music degree for a five-year course from Oberlin Conservatory. The Hampton Choir, under Dett's direction, was the first mixed group to sing in Salzburg Cathedral in 1930. Simpson's full account of Dett as a successful professional musician, compiled primarily as a reference work, will also interest the general reader. Includes photos, analyses, and musical examples.

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\Anne Key Simpson (BS, piano performance; MA, musicology, Texas Women's University), formerly Staff Accompanist and the University of Southwestern Louisiana, is a freelance writer and accompanist. Her articles have appeared in American Music, Journal of Band Research, Journal of Erie Studies, American Music Teacher, College Music Symposium, The School Musician, and Music Educators Journal. Her books include Hard Trials (Harry T. Burleigh, #8 in this series) and A Gathering of Gaines (Ernest Gaines).