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William Grant Still (May 11, 1895 - December 3, 1978) was a ground-breaking African-American classical composer who wrote more than 150 compositions. He was the first African-American to conduct a major American Orchestra, the first to have a symphony (his first) performed by a leading orchestra (Southern 1980), the first to have an opera performed by a major opera company, and the first to have an opera performed on national television. He is often referred to as the dean of African-American composers.

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  • saltyknuckles

    Featured on SaltyKnuckles ~ Classics №IV -

    4 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Stugard

    Afro-American Symphony is just something else. I'm not really too into classical music, but Symphony No. 1 is brilliant and this man was brilliant.

    3 Aug 2012 Reply
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  • Zlotythepoet

    I would like to see Troubled Island up here really - given that's what really made his name. The CD with his African American Symphony on is well worth buying - that last movement is shattering

    12 May 2012 Reply
  • Starmanandblast

    Much love for William Grant Still - a revolutionary for his time. This man deserves more recognition.

    5 Apr 2012 Reply
  • KraeheK

    His tone poem "In Memoriam" is rather moving.

    13 Jan 2011 Reply
  • revivetheradio

    tis a shame this man has no shouts. A very unique and ground-breaking composer.

    8 Dec 2008 Reply

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