Black Classical Musicians and Composers, 1500–2000

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About the Book

Much has been written about the work of black musicians and composers yet little attention has been given to the long history of black influence on classical music. Covering the lives and works of such composers as Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Scott Joplin and Margaret Alison Bonds, this book examines the black classical music legacy with profiles of key artists who made valuable contributions that impacted classical music from the 16th through the 21st centuries.

About the Author(s)

Professor Rodreguez King-Dorset is a senior research fellow and professor of black British history and performance at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London.

Bibliographic Details

Rodreguez King-Dorset
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 207
Bibliographic Info: 12 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6976-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3570-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Background: The Development and Importance
of Black Music London 10
1. John Blanke (1500–1512) 21
2. Ignatius Sancho (1729–1780) 35
3. Chevalier de ­Saint-Georges (1745–1799) 48
4. Joseph Emidy (1775–1835) 69
5. George Augustus Polgreen Bridgetower (1779–1860) 84
6. Samuel ­Coleridge-Taylor (1875–1912) 104
7. Rudolph Dunbar (1889–1988) 116
8. Scott Joplin (1868–1917) 127
9. Florence Beatrice Price (1887–1953) 139
10. William Grant Still (1895–1978) 150
11. Margaret Allison Bonds (1913–1972) 160
12. Twentieth-Century African American
Composers of Classical Music
(1900–2000) 169
Bibliography 179
Index 193