William Grant Still: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3 & Wood Notes

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William Grant Still: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3 & Wood Notes



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3rd Jan 2012




61 minutes


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William Grant Still: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3 & Wood Notes

Still, W G:

Symphony No. 2 in G minor 'Song of a New Race'

Symphony No. 3

Wood Notes

World Première Recording

Fort Smith Symphony, John Jeter



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The life and career of the African-American composer William Grant Still qualifies as the quintessential American ‘success story.’ Often referred to as the ‘dean of African-American composers,’ Still rose from humble beginnings to work as an arranger while studying composition with Chadwick and Varèse. Still embraced the blues, spirituals, jazz, and other ethnic American musics within classical forms. Wood Notes musically depicts Still’s love of nature. Symphony No. 2, the last of a trilogy of works depicting the African-American experience, presents the vision of an integrated American society, while Symphony No. 3 describes a spiritual ‘day in the life’ of a devout worshipper. This disc completes the Naxos cycle of William Grant Still’s Symphonies.

William Grant Still: Wood Notes

I. Singing River: Moderately slow

II. Autumn Night: Lightly

III. Moon Dusk: Slowly and expressively

IV. Whippoorwill's Shoes: Humorously

William Grant Still: Symphony No. 2 in G minor, "Song of a New Race"

I. Slowly

II. Slowly and deeply expressive

III. Moderately fast

IV. Moderately slow

William Grant Still: Symphony No. 3, "The Sunday Symphony"

I. The Awakening: Moderately fast

II. Prayer: Very Slowly

III. Relaxation: Gaily

IV. Day's End and a New Beginning: Resolutely

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