Friday, November 14, 2014

John Malveaux: November 14th is 80th Anniversary of William Levi Dawson's 'Negro Folk Symphony' (35:44)

William Levi Dawson (1899-1990) is profiled at, which features a comprehensive Works List by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma,

[ABOVE: The Spirituals of William L. Dawson; The St. Olaf Choir; Anton Armstrong, conductor; Marvis Martin, soprano; St. Olaf Records 2159 (1997) BELOW: William Levi Dawson: Negro Folk Symphony; American Symphony Orchestra; Leopold Stokowski. Conductor (Cover of original LP: American Decca DL 10077)]

John Malveaux of 

Nov. 14th is 80th Anniversary of William Levi Dawson's Negro Folk Symphony
John Malveaux

A YouTube posting has made Dawson's only symphony available in its entirety online.  The Negro Folk Symphony (35:44) was posted on YouTube May 23, 2012:

William Levi Dawson: Negro Folk Symphony (1934)

I. The Bond of Africa
II. Hope in the Night
III. O Let Me Shine!

The American Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski conductor.

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