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STILL, W.G.: Symphony No. 1, "Afro-American" / In Memoriam / Africa (Fort Smith Symphony, Jeter)

Composer(s):Still, William Grant
Artist(s) Jeter, John, Conductor • Fort Smith Symphony
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.559174
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 

   




Review By ,Video Music and Gamez,July 2009

“With humble thanks to God, the Source of Inspiration.” Such is the inscription to be found on the scores of the works of William Grant Still, sometimes called “The Dean of African-American Composers” and one of America’s most versatile musicians. African-American composer William Grant Still’s signature piece, Symphony No. 1 “Afro-American” is the only one of his many works that has seldom needed a recording. As such, it is a natural fit for Still’s entry in the Naxos American Classics series.

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Review By Bob McQ,Tower.com,May 2005

Here’s some highly interesting, late romantic music by William Grant Still, who was one of America’s foremost, African-American composers. The three-part tone poem “Africa” and the symphony are the opening works of a triptych portraying the African-American experience. Both owe a great debt to The Blues. The former begins pastorally then becomes wistful and ends in more sinister dance-like fashion. The latter shows the influence of Franz Liszt and Antonin Dvořák, but there are ragtime and even jazz elements present, which give it a very appealing, almost Gershwinesque quality. In fact one of the melodies begins just like I’ve Got Rhythm, but Still wrote his first! Like “Africa” the heartfelt “In Memoriam” is a very

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Review By Bob McQ,Tower.com,May 2005

Here’s some highly interesting, late romantic music by William Grant Still, who was one of America’s foremost, African-American composers. The three-part tone poem “Africa” and the symphony are the opening works of a triptych portraying the African-American experience. Both owe a great debt to The Blues. The former begins pastorally then becomes wistful and ends in more sinister dance-like fashion. The latter shows the influence of Franz Liszt and Antonin Dvořák, but there are ragtime and even jazz elements present, which give it a very appealing, almost Gershwinesque quality. In fact one of the melodies begins just like I’ve Got Rhythm, but Still wrote his first! Like “Africa” the heartfelt “In Memoriam” is a very

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Review By ,Record Geijutsu,June 2005


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Review By John Jeter,Naxos,April 2005








 

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