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Harry T. Burleigh: From the Spiritual to the Harlem Renaissance

Jean E. Snyder


Harry T. Burleigh (1866–1949) played a leading role in American music, and African American music in particular, in the twentieth century. Celebrated for his arrangements of spirituals, Burleigh was also the first African American composer to create a significant body of art song. An international roster of opera and recital singers performed his works and praised them as among the best of their time. This book traces Burleigh's life from his Pennsylvania childhood through his fifty-year tenure as soloist at St. George's Episcopal Church in Manhattan. As a composer, Burleigh's pioneering work ... More

Keywords: black composers, Harry T. Burleigh, American music, spirituals, Pennsylvania, race relations, Will Marion Cook, Antonín Dvořák, African American music, St. George's Episcopal Church

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780252039942
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039942.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jean E. Snyder, author

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