Paul Laurence Dunbar, Lullaby
(1846-1916) The possession of a good voice enabled him to sing in choirs and choruses, first as soprano and then, it developed into a baritone. He sang the principal parts in the oratorios of the Handel and Haydn Society, where his first real musical life began. He studied organ, voice, and theory with Prof. H. A. Clarke, gradually concentrating on theory. He then spent one year in Cincinnati as organist and teacher, then going to Philadelphia to take the post of choirmaster at St. Clement’s Protestant Episcopal Church. He is best known as a composer. In 1884 he took the prize of $1,000 offered by the Cincinnati Festival Association, the judges of which were Saint-Saens, Reinicke, and Theodore Thomas.
Gilchrist, William Willace, "Southern Lullaby" (1897). Dunbar Music Archive. 110.