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    can anyone name some Scott Joplin 6.jpgAfrican -American or other brown skin composers?

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    william grant still
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    Chevalier de Saint-George
    Duke Ellington

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...frican_descent

    William Grant Still, Duke Ellington (as mentioned), Scott Joplin stand out for me. But above all Samuel Coleridge Taylor.
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    Scott Joplin
    Gerald Wilson
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    There is a chapter about this in the book, The Rest Is Noise. Many black composers were never able
    to realize their potential due to the racist policies of the day. The persistent composers like Ellington
    created their own opportunities in Harlem.

    Two others I forgot to mention:

    Oliver Nelson
    Anthony Braxton
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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post
    Gerald Wilson
    i don't know if the request was about jazz composers, but if we are considering also him or Ellington there are also Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, Andrew Hill, Charles Mingus, Herbie Nichols, Billy Strayhorn, Tadd Dameron, Horace Silver, Booker Little, Eric Dolphy and many others

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    It's impossible to exclude jazz when speaking of African American composers. This is the art form that developed as a result of the segregated societies of the early 20th century.

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    Adolphus Hailstork. I haven't heard anything by him but with a name like that he's just GOT to be great, right?

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    there's a famous modern guitar piece that was written in the fifties by an african (not american) composer but i can't remember his name...

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    Are there CLASSICAL composers from Africa? There have to be some...
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    Kevin Volans obviously.
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    Julius Eastman !


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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Rock View Post
    But above all Samuel Coleridge Taylor.
    First name I thought of. (His place of origin was Sierra Leone, I believe.)
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    Scott Joplin
    Second name I thought of.

    People who are only familiar with his Ragtime piano output should consider that he wrote a surviving opera [Treemonisha], a 'lost opera' [A Guest of Honor] and a mostly-lost ballet [The Rag-Time Dance].
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