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Author Smith, Catherine Parsons, 1933-2009.
Title William Grant Still : a study in contradictions / Catherine Parsons Smith ; with contributed essays by Gayle Murchison and Willard B. Gatewood, chronology by Carolyn L. Quin, and contemporary sources from the 1930s, Verna Arvey [and others].
Imprint Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, [2000]
©2000

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Series Music of the African diaspora ; 2
Music of the African diaspora ; 2.
Subject Still, William Grant, 1895-1978 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Description 1 online resource (xvi, 368 pages) : illustrations.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-343) and index.
Summary During the 1930s and 1940s William Grant Still (1895-1978) was known as the 'Dean of Afro-American Composers'. This book brings William Grant Still out of the archives and examines his place in America's musical heritage. It also provides a revealing window into our recent cultural past.
Contents A brief chronology / Carolyn L. Quin -- Contributed essays. The formative years of William Grant Still: Little Rock, Arkansas, 1895-1911 / Willard B. Gatewood ; "Dean of Afro-American composers" or "Harlem Renaissance man": the new Negro and the musical poetics of William Grant Still / Gayle Murchison -- Toward a biography. Finding his voice: William Grant Still in Los Angeles ; An unknown "new Negro" ; The Afro-American symphony and its scherzo ; "They, Verna and Billy" ; "Harlem Renaissance man" revisited: the politics of race and class in Still's late career -- Sources. Personal notes / William Grant Still ; William Grant Still and Irving Schwerké : documents from a long-distance friendship / edited by Wayne D. Shirley ; William Grant Still : a study in contradictions / Harold Bruce Forsythe ; Plan for a biography of Still / Harold Bruce Forsythe ; William Grant Still / Verna Arvey -- Major sources on Still -- Note on recordings.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780520921573 (electronic bk.)
0520921577 (electronic bk.)
058531568X (electronic bk.)
9780585315683 (electronic bk.)
9780520215436
0520215435 (Trade Paper)
0520215427 (cloth : alk. paper)
ISBN/ISSN 9780520215436
OCLC # 45731432
Additional Format Print version: Smith, Catherine Parsons, 1933- William Grant Still. Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, ©2000 0520215427 (DLC) 99043232 (OCoLC)42009448
Table of Contents
 List of Illustrations 
 Acknowledgments 
 Abbreviations 
 Introduction1
 A Brief Chronology / Carolyn L. Quin15
 The Formative Years of William Grant Still: Little Rock, Arkansas, 1895-1911 / Willard B. Gatewood21
 "Dean of Afro-American Composers" or "Harlem Renaissance Man": The New Negro and the Musical Poetics of William Grant Still / Gayle Murchison39
 Finding His Voice: William Grant Still in Los Angeles, An Unknown "New Negro"94
 The Afro-American Symphony and Its Scherzo "they, Verna and Billy"152
 "Harlem Renaissance Man" Revisited: The Politics of Race and Class in Still's Late Career182
 Personal Notes / William Grant Still215
 William Grant Still and Irving Schwerke: Documents from a Long-Distance Friendship235
 William Grant Still: A Study in Contradictions / Harold Bruce Forsythe274
 Plan for a Biography of Still / Harold Bruce Forsythe300
 William Grant Still / Verna Arvey304
 Major Sources on Still341
 Note on Recordings345
 Index349