Wednesday, November 6, 2013

'The Little Song That Wanted To Be A Symphony,' Children's Book and CD; Music by William Grant Still; Eastman-Rochester Symphony Orchestra

William Grant Still (1895-1978) is profiled at, which features a comprehensive Works List by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma,  (Photo is the sole property of William Grant Still Music, and is used with permission)

The Little Song That Wanted To Be A Symphony
Musical Story
Music by William Grant Still
Words by Verna Arvey
Illustrations by Victor Cano
The Master-Player Library
Flagstaff, Arizona

Eastman-Rochester Symphony Orchestra
Rochester, New York
Howard Hanson, Conductor
Ann Yervanian, Narrator and Mezzo-Soprano
Candace Wilson, Soprano
Introduction by David Peter Coppen

This performance of "The Little Song That Wanted To Be A Symphony," was held on the evening of Thursday, May 2, 1968 in Kilbourn Hall of the Eastman School of Music with the composer, William Grant Still (1895-1978), and his wife and collaborator, Verna Arvey (1910-1987), in attendance.  Recording Length: 24 minutes. 

"A children's story for orchestra, women's trio, and a narrator, this piece was written in order to impress upon children the need for human understanding."

The Little Song That Wanted To Be A Symphony is available from William Grant Still Music,  Sheet music may also be ordered.                                                                                                             

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