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Harry T. BurleighFrom the Spiritual to the Harlem Renaissance$
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Jean E. Snyder

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039942

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039942.001.0001

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“Composer by Divine Right”

“Composer by Divine Right”

“The American Coleridge-Taylor”

(p.268) 15. “Composer by Divine Right”
Harry T. Burleigh

Jean E. Snyder

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines a selection of art songs that won Harry T. Burleigh renown through their performance by an impressive roster of American and European opera and recital singers, making him one of the most respected American art song composers of the first quarter of the twentieth century. Burleigh's best-known art songs were published by G. Ricordi Music Publishing Company for more than three and a half decades. The first five years of G. Ricordi's publications (1914–1919) represent the majority of the strongest, most memorable, and most enduring of his art song oeuvre. In addition to a dozen or so art songs, more sacred songs appeared in the 1920s, especially from 1924. There were several songs written for historically black colleges such as Talladega College, several novelty songs, and a number of arrangements of folksongs and operatic choruses for choral ensembles. Two songs are especially notable: “Lovely Dark and Lonely One” (1935) and “In Christ There Is No East or West” (1940).

Keywords:   art songs, Harry T. Burleigh, singers, composers, G. Ricordi Music Publishing Company, sacred songs, novelty songs, folksongs, operatic choruses, Lovely Dark and Lonely One

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