Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Foundation on Twitter; Hilary Burrage Reviews Jeffrey Green's New Book on Composer

[Samuel Coleridge-Taylor]

The Afro-British composer and conductor Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) is profiled at Hilary Burrage announces that the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Foundation (SCTF) is now on Twitter @SamuelCTaylorFn She invites interested people to follow the SCTF on Twitter.

“Jeffrey Green: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, a Musical Life” was posted on on May 29, 2011 by Hilary Burrage of the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Foundation:

"Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, a Musical Life is to be published in June/July 2011. It was written by historian Jeffrey Green.

Jeffrey Green tells SCTF that by using copious contemporary comments, different aspects of the composer have been documented. Green’s discoveries over the completion and premiere of Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast may surprise many. The 'first black' influence on Coleridge-Taylor, long stated to have been in 1896 through African American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, has been dismissed as the poet was not in England until 1897, after the composer had published a poem celebrating the 50th anniversary of the independence of Liberia, West Africa.

“Coleridge-Taylor’s African and English descent, his family upbringing in Croydon and the scholarship at the Royal College of Music (1893) have all been re-assessed and freshly documented.”

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