Saturday, December 19, 2009

Author's Query on Music of Composer Philippa Duke Schuyler (1931-1967)

[Philippa Duke Schuyler (1931-1967) in May 9, 1951 photo from]

An author's query has been issued by John Malveaux, a frequent contributor to AfriClassical:
“Greetings: Please help locate any music composed by Philippa Schuyler. John Malveaux <>”

An AfriClassical post on Philippa Duke Schuyler was published Feb. 10, 2009. It included a link to the following source:
“Known as 'the baby genius of the Harlem Renaissance,' Philippa Duke Schuyler was a child prodigy who became quite famous for her youthful accomplishments as a composer and pianist. By the time she was four years old, Schuyler was a skilled pianist; by five she was performing Mozart before audiences in concert halls. When she was six, she was touring to perform her own compositions; in 1940, at the age of eight, she performed for thousands of visitors at the New York World’s Fair. She was ten when she became the youngest member of the National Association of American Composers and Conductors.”


John Malveaux said...

Suzanne Flandreau Head Librarian and Archivist Center for Black Music Research Columbia College Chicago sent me(John Malveaux) the following:
According to the _International Dictionary of Black Composers_ Schuyler's manuscripts are divided between the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library and the Special Collections Research Center at the Syracuse University Library. In both places Philippa's materials may be part of collections of her father George. The on-line finding aid to Philippa's collection at Syracuse does not specifically list scores, but I have it on good authority that some are there, so be sure to e-mail them with a specific request for scores. The e-mail for the Manuscripts Division at the Schomburg is and the e-mail for Special Collections at Syracuse is I hope this helps.

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