Sunday, December 6, 2009

Grieg, Smetana, Tchaikovsky & William Grant Still Classified as Nationalist Composers

[William Grant Still (Photo is the sole property of William Grant Still Music, and is used with permission.)]

In an assignment to students, a teacher lists William Grant Still, Edvard Grieg, Bedrich Smetana, and Peter I. Tchaikovsky as Nationalist Composers:

Tone Quality
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Nationalist Composers
“Musical nationalism refers to the use of musical ideas or motifs that are identified with a specific country, region, or ethnicity, such as folk tunes and melodies, rhythms, and harmonies inspired by them. Musical nationalism can also include the use of folklore as a basis for programmatic works including opera. The following clips are nationalist composers.” [William Grant Still (1895-1978) is profiled at, where a complete Works List by Dr. Dominique-René de Lerma is found.]

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