Monday, June 29, 2015

Dominique-René de Lerma: A New Publisher Series

Dominique-René de Lerma:


William Grant Still Music, the prime source and more often only source for the music of this major composer (1895-1978), has initiated a new series, Done found my lost sheep, which, it might be guessed, is directed to the publication of music from the past -- either in reissue or in first edition.  Such a project has not been previously contemplated.

The Arizona-based firm has long made available not only printed music, but audio and video recordings in various format, books, well as specialty products and materials directed  for the young, providing extensive documentation on its namesake, but has recently become the source for works by others from Black music history -- the Chevalier de Saint-Georges, as an example.

Now comes the new series, which promises to provide new repertoire of older music for the student, teacher, scholar, and professional.  A directory of currently available materials is located at

The new series is initiated with the ballad for soprano and piano, Henry, previously available only in the first edition of 1812.  With a vocal range well within the treble clef and piano accompaniment readily within the ability of most keyboardists, the song lends itself readily for student or professional recital.
Now in production is the second title within the series, a version of the same song which was featured in the City of London's festivities for the 200th anniversary of the abolishment   of slavery. The future of the series is projected to include works of France's Saint-Georges, Cuba's Joseph White y Lafitte, and England's Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, along with works by Black Americans such as Will Marion Cook, Frank Johnson, and Frederick Jerome Work.

Mail to William Grant Still Music may be directed to 809 W. Riordan Road, Suite 100, Box 109, Flagstaff AZ 86001-0810,  Phone: (928) 526-9355 ,Fax: (928) 526-0321, or Email:

Dominique-René de Lerma

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