African American Composers
Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:
Margaret Bonds papers
Call Number: JWJ MSS 151
Overview: Vocal music, most 1960s or undated, consisting of autograph manuscript drafts and arrangements, transparencies, and diazo reproductions, some accompanied by copies of published music; and a small amount of other papers. Autograph manuscript music includes spirituals arranged for solo voice or chorus; The Negro Speaks of Rivers, Songs of the Seasons, Three Dream Portraits, and other songs on texts by Langston Hughes; songs on texts by Edna St. Vincent Millay and other poets; and musicals and...
Dates: 1928-1983, bulk 1960-1969
Duke Ellington Oral History
Call Number: OHIII
Scope and Contents: The Duke Ellington Oral History is comprises ninety-two interviews with and about Ellington, one of America's greatest composers. Included among the interviewees are musicians, family members, friends, and colleagues.
Dates: 1939-1987, bulk 1977-1987
James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection manuscript music
Call Number: JWJ MSS 355
Scope and Contents: Autograph manuscript and manuscript reproduction scores and parts for circa 50 works, most by African American composers, including music for voice and piano, chorus, band, or orchestra, 1902-1957, with most 1931-1945 or undated. Circa 20 composers are represented, including Margaret Bonds, H. T. Burleigh, William L. Dawson, George Gershwin, W. C. Handy, Hall Johnson, Ulysses Kay, Florence Price, William Grant Still, Roberta Russell Summers Stone, Howard Swanson, and Will H. Vodery. Vocal music...
Dates: 1902-1957, bulk 1931-1945
Major Figures in American Music
Call Number: OHV
Scope and Contents: Major Figures in American Music is the core unit of Oral History of American Music. It consists of over 1000 interviews with composers, performers, and other significant musicians. The first subjects were those most fragile in terms of age and health, such as Eubie Blake, Nadia Boulanger, Aaron Copland, Harry Partch, Charles Seeger, Claire Reis, and Virgil Thomson. Among other senior composers interviewed during the OHAM's first decade were John Cage, Lou Harrison, Ernst Krenek, Leo Ornstein,...
Dates: 1930-2021, bulk 1970-2021