Sunday, October 14, 2012

'William Grant Still • Out of the Silence' (5:01) on YouTube and New World Records

[Works by William Grant Still: Videmus; New World Records NWR80399 (1990)]

          Published on Oct 12, 2012 by
From 'William Grant Still: Videmus', available on New World Records, here:

Lift Every Voice and Sing, Suite for Violin and Piano, Songs of Separation, Incantation and Dance, Here's One, Summerland, Citadel, Song for the Lonely, Out of the Silence, Ennanga


William Grant Still has often been termed the patriarchal figure in Black music and was the first African-American composer to secure extensive publication and significant performances.  His works represent the culmination of of musical aspirations of the Harlem Renaissance, in that they elevated “folkloric” materials. This collection includes several of his most important chamber compositions, among them Songs of Separation and Lift Every Voice and Sing. The latter was composed as a patriotic song for a Lincoln commemoration in 1899. It was quickly accepted as an anthem by African-Americans and has been arranged by many composers; this beautiful setting by Still, however, is not widely known. 

[William Grant Still (1895-1978) is profiled at, which features a comprehensive Works List by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma, The composer's recordings, sheet music and books are available from William Grant Still Music, operated by his daughter Judith Anne Still, at]

Comment by email:
Thanks very much, Bill--glad to get news of this.  [Judith Anne Still] 

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