Musical Landscapes in Color: Conversations with Black American Composers

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Scarecrow Press, 2003 - Art - 380 pages
A sequel to the award-winning The Black Composer Speaks (Scarecrow Press, 1978), this exploration of the creative world of African American composers traces the lives and careers of 40 talented individuals and, in their own words, provides perspectives on a world that has been slow to recognize their remarkable contributions to classical music. The discussion places the music of these composers within the greater context of Western art music, but analyzes it through the lenses of sociology, Western concepts of art and taste, and vernacular musical forms, including spirituals, blues, jazz, and contemporary popular music. Each chapter is devoted to an individual composer, who discusses his or her musical training, compositional techniques and style, and the composer's personal philosophy as reflected in his or her music. A selected list of compositions for each composer is included, as well as a photo and sample of the composer's "hand." Banfield offers unprecedented insight into the history and influence of the African American composer with this documentary, which will appeal to everyone from the music scholar to the general reader.

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Contents

Adolphus Hailstork
96
Wendell Logan
102
Dorothy Rudd Moore
111
Olly Wilson
121
Perspectives on Spirituality Jazz
139
Leslie Dunner
222
Bobby McFerrin
231
ColeridgeTaylor Perkinson
238
Lettie Beckon Alston
283
Banfield
293
Regina Harris Baiocchi
301
Anthony Davis
311
DonalFox
317
Jonathan Holland
329
Jeffrey Mumford
340
Gary Powell Nash
346

Patrice Rushen
248
Kevin Scott
258
Julius Williams
267
Michael Abels
276
James Kimo Williams
360
Extensions of the TraditionLinkages and Canon
369
About the Author
381
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About the author (2003)

\William C. Banfield is Professor of Africana Studies/Music/Society at Berklee School of Music. A musician, composer, conductor, and musical director, Banfield is the consulting editor for African American Cultural Studies for the Scarecrow Press, Inc.

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