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An Introduction to William Grant Still

An Introduction to William Grant Still An Introduction to William Grant Still fon Michael Spencer Raised in the South amid the noncommunity of discrimination and segregation, William Grant Still (1895-1978) actively searched, more than a half century, for the antithesis of undemocratic reality As a faithful believer that an ideal society is a feasibility, Still confidently succeeded in overcoming many of the racial barriers that had long relegated people of color to ancillary positions in American society. Because of his achievements and longevity as a recognized composer of serious music and because he paved the way for a younger genera­ tion of black composers, he became known as the dean of Afro- American composers. Still was born in Woodville, Mississippi, but he was raised in Little Rock, Arkansas from the time he was an infant. His mother, Carrie Sambro Still, joined her mother in Little Rock after his father, a Mississippian and 1892 graduate of Alcorn A&M College, died at the age of twenty-four, a mere three months after his son's birth. Given the fact that Still's mother was also college educated, an 1886 grad­ uate of Atlanta University, it is not surprising that Still was valedic­ torian of his high school class and that http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Black Sacred Music Duke University Press

An Introduction to William Grant Still

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Copyright © 1992 by Duke University Press
ISSN
1043-9455
eISSN
2640-9879
DOI
10.1215/10439455-6.2.1
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Abstract

An Introduction to William Grant Still fon Michael Spencer Raised in the South amid the noncommunity of discrimination and segregation, William Grant Still (1895-1978) actively searched, more than a half century, for the antithesis of undemocratic reality As a faithful believer that an ideal society is a feasibility, Still confidently succeeded in overcoming many of the racial barriers that had long relegated people of color to ancillary positions in American society. Because of his achievements and longevity as a recognized composer of serious music and because he paved the way for a younger genera­ tion of black composers, he became known as the dean of Afro- American composers. Still was born in Woodville, Mississippi, but he was raised in Little Rock, Arkansas from the time he was an infant. His mother, Carrie Sambro Still, joined her mother in Little Rock after his father, a Mississippian and 1892 graduate of Alcorn A&M College, died at the age of twenty-four, a mere three months after his son's birth. Given the fact that Still's mother was also college educated, an 1886 grad­ uate of Atlanta University, it is not surprising that Still was valedic­ torian of his high school class and that

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Black Sacred MusicDuke University Press

Published: Sep 1, 1992

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