African American Concert Singers Before 1950


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About the Book

Marian Roberts, Roland Hayes, and Paul Robeson were among the most visible early African American concert singers, but they were not the only ones. Many others were involved in the arts as concert singers and, given the times in which they lived, achieved tremendous results in the face of great adversity and helped pave the way for the post–1950 African American vocal artist.
Drawn from articles, reviews, programs, biographical sources, and interviews, this work is a survey of the unknown early African American concert singers. Much of the information from periodicals was taken from The New York Amsterdam News, The Chicago Defender, and The New York Age. The book covers the African Americans who came before Roberts, Hayes, and Robeson, and details the opportunities available in Europe for black concert singers.

About the Author(s)

Darryl Glenn Nettles is Coordinator of Vocal/Choral Studies in the Department of Music at Tennessee State University in Nashville.

Bibliographic Details

Darryl Glenn Nettles
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 199
Bibliographic Info: photos, discography, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2003
pISBN: 978-0-7864-1467-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

A Personal Note      vii
Acknowledgments      ix
Preface      xiii
Introduction      1

The Singers      11

Discography      173
Bibliography      179
Index      181

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