Wednesday, January 28, 2009

'Scraps From The Operas' by African American Composer Justin Holland Recorded in MP3 Format

[Scraps From The Operas Arranged For Two Guitars By Justin Holland © 2009 Donald Sauter (884502007442)]

Donald Sauter sends news of an MP3 recording of opera arrangements by Justin Holland (1819-1887), an African American composer, guitarist and teacher who is considered the first African American professional in Cleveland, and is profiled at

"Justin Holland was born to free black parents in Norfolk County, Virginia on July 26, 1819," Barbara Clemenson writes in her article Justin Holland: Black Guitarist in the Western Reserve. Guitarist Douglas Back has made a recording which includes five works of the composer, American Pioneers of the Classic Guitar, Mento Music Press SMM 3023 (1994). It can be ordered at his website, Back writes that Justin Holland made his name known in his lifetime to amateur guitarists across the country: “Although Holland seldom performed in public, he developed a national reputation as a composer and arranger for the guitar. To the average amateur guitarist of the day, his numerous arrangements made his a household name. Of his approximately 350 published works for the guitar, which include two acclaimed methods, only about one-third are extant.”

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