Wednesday, October 15, 2014 'Let's Hear It: Jon Boyd On William Grant Still' (12:22); Arrangement of 'Here's One' by William Grant Still on viola and piano (2:25), which features a 
comprehensive Works List by 
Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma, 

Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Jon Boyd and J.J. Treadway play an arrangement of "Here's One" by William Grant Still, on viola and piano. Audio engineer: Martin Klemm (2:25)

WMUK contributor Jon Boyd talks about the life and music of American composer William Grant Still, whose Symphony No. 1 "Afro-American" he ranks as one of his favorite pieces of all time. 

William Grant Still's musical experience ranged from advanced degrees at the Oberlin Conservatory to working as an arranger for W.C. Handy. His pride in his heritage as an African-American showed in the many works he composed which blended blues, jazz, and folk melodies into classical forms.

Jon Boyd then picks up his viola to demonstrate W.G. Still's sensitive arrangements of spirituals in Here's One, accompanied by pianist J.J. Treadway.

Comment by email:
Dear Mr Zick, Thanks for the notice that the story was posted on your blog. I'm glad Jon's words and playing will be shared with more people.  All the best, Cara Lieurance

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