Exploring the often surprising links between concepts, themes and people in classical music, from medieval to modern
Saturday, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.Rebroadcast Sunday, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.on Music Station
Top, L-R: Adolphus Hailstork, William Levi Dawson, Ulysses Kay, William Grant Still. Below, L-R: Henry Burleigh, Scott Joplin, George Walker, Florence Price.
“Our forefathers weren’t allowed to keep their language when they were brought here from Africa,” singer B.B. King once said, “So, music was a language we used to let people know we had something to say. And we’ve been saying it pretty strong ever since.”
King was speaking of the blues, but his words could also apply to Black composers who have worked within the musical language of the concert hall and stage.
In this hour, how works by eight of them reflect the African-American experience—and their own.
Great American Orchestral Music, Vol. 2 [for Pageant and Proclamation, by George Walker]
Sinfonia Varsovia, Ian Hobson
Albany Records TROY1178
February 18, 2023
January 7, 2023
February 4, 2023