Hard Trials: The Life and Music of Harry T. Burleigh - Composers of North America (Hardback)
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Hard Trials: The Life and Music of Harry T. Burleigh - Composers of North America (Hardback)

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Hardback 496 Pages / Published: 01/02/1991
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This is a scholarly study of Harry T. Burleigh (1866-1949), the composer, arranger, singer, and music editor. An Erie, Pennsylvania native, Burleigh graduated from the National Conservatory of Music in New York, where he became friends with Dvorak and was the first Negro to sing in St. George's Episcopal Church and Temple Emanu-El choirs. He was recognized as the first Negro American art song composer and arranger of spirituals for concert use. Biographical chapters, which also depict the larger American musical scene and its singers from 1914 to 1935, are followed by background and analyses of Burleigh's compositions (art songs, instrumental works, arrangements of spirituals), a discography, catalogue of works, extensive bibliography, chapter notes, and detailed index. With many photos and musical examples.

Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 9780810822917
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 712 g
Dimensions: 224 x 141 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
...a valuable volume...we are indeed indebted to Simpson for...the excellent index, bibliography, and discography make this book all the more valuable...an excellent resource. * Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association *
...likely to be the most penetrating and useful source for some time...as complete a picture of Burleigh as possible...very readable...Recommended for all libraries. * CHOICE *
...Simpson's well-researched volume is an invaluable addition to the anals of American music history...pioneering study. * Journal Of Erie Studies *
Anyone who arranged spirituals with the distinction of Harry Thacker Burleigh and occupied such an important place in the musical development of black Americans is worth a thoroughly documented study of the kind that Anne Key Simpson has now provided. * Music & Letters *
...important...Simpson has broken new ground by gathering the most extensive colleciton of Burleigh materials since...1966... * American Music *
...laudable...Her book's most valuable contribution is its extensive catalogue of Burleigh's music. * Isam Newsletter *
...fills a gap, because very little is written about the negro spiritual in standard music history books... * Eir *

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