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In Memoriam

William Grant Still Jr. (1895 – 1978) was an American composer of nearly two hundred works, including five symphonies, four ballets, nine operas, over thirty choral works, art songs, chamber music, and solo works.

Born in Mississippi and growing up in Little Rock, Arkansas, Still attended Wilberforce University and Oberlin Conservatory of Music as a student of George Whitefield Chadwick and then Edgard Varèse. Because of his close association and collaboration with prominent African-American literary and cultural figures, Still is considered part of the Harlem Renaissance.

Often referred to as the "Dean of Afro-American Composers," Still was the first American composer to have an opera produced by the New York City Opera. He is known primarily for his first symphony, Afro-American Symphony (1930), which was, until 1950, the most widely performed symphony composed by an American.

Still was able to become a leading figure in the field of American classical music as the first African-American to conduct a major American symphony orchestra, have a symphony performed by a leading orchestra, have an opera performed by a major opera company, and have an opera performed on national television.

In Memoriam (The Afro-American Soldiers who Died for Democracy) was commissioned by the League of Composers, and was premiered on January 5th 1944 by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra under Artur Rodzinski. The New York Times critic Olin Downes remarked on its powerful “simplicity and feeling, without affectation or attitudinizing.”

Product information

Composer
William Grant Still
Arranger
Robert Childs
Instrumentation
Brass Band
Duration
7'30"
Difficulty Level
Difficult
Version
Download Full Set, Download Score Only, Printed Full Set, Printed Score Only

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