William Grant Still: A Bio-bibliography

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1996 - Music - 331 pages
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Presenting the life and professional career of The Dean of Afro-American Composers, this is the first comprehensive book on the writings by and about Still, the compositions with manuscript sources, the performances of Still's works, and the reviews of those performances. It includes a touching personal reminiscence by his daughter Judith Anne. The full resources of the extensive collection known as The William Grant Still and Verna Arvey Papers at the University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, give this book the distinction of being the first one about Still that utilizes diaries, letters, scrapbooks, and family papers to provide information on his works and performances.

Still performed, composed, and arranged in the commercial music field before he began to write orchestral works and opera. He is called the Dean of Afro-American Composers because of his pioneering efforts on behalf of American music and his achievements as an African American. Still was the first African American to write a symphony that was performed by a major symphony orchestra in the United States, the first to conduct a major symphony orchestra, the first to conduct a major symphony in the Deep South, the first to direct a white radio orchestra, the first to have an opera produced by a major company, and the first to have an opera televised over a national network. His career tells an important story about the development of an American style of music.

 

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Contents

A PERSONAL REMINISCENCE OF WILLIAM GRANT STILL
1
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF WILLIAM GRANT STILL
15
WORKS AND PERFORMANCES
45
WRITINGS BY WILLIAM GRANT STILL AND VERNA ARVEY
213
GENERAL BIBLIOGRAPHY
231
DISCOGRAPHY
287
ALPHABETICAL LIST OF WORKS
295
PRELIMINARY LIST OF ARRANGEMENTS AND ORCHESTRATIONS
303
INDEX
307
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JUDITH ANNE STILL is the daughter of William Grant Still and the owner/manager of William Grant Still Music. Ms. Still has written many articles (some award-winning) about her father, music, and inspirational topics. She is the widow of mini-submarine pioneer Larry Allyn Headlee.

MICHAEL J. DABRISHUS is Head of the Special Collections Division and Professor at the University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, where the papers of William Grant Still and Verna Arvey are located./e He is past president of the Society of Southwest Archivists.

CAROLYN L. QUIN is a member of the Music faculty at Riverside Community College in Riverside, California. She was formerly Chair of the Department of Music at Winthrop University and has been on the faculty at Lane College. Her other research interests as a musicologist include Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, multicultural education, and women and music.

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