Good-Night (voice, piano and violoncello obbligato)
from Two Songs (1923)
Paul Laurence Dunbar, Good-Night
(1877-1935) Smith was a composer, musician, and music educator. He started very early on organizing bands in Chicago, Wichita, Kansas City, the Tuskegee Institute, and in St. Louis. At Fort Leavenworth, where he was born, he learned music under the German bandleader H.E. Grungle. He worked in the Army as a trumpeter until eye problems hindered his career. Then Smith studied at the Chicago Musical College where he had to register as a “private student” to attend classes in an otherwise all white school. Additionally, he was a bandleader at the Tuskegee Institute in 1905 after Teddy Roosevelt’s recommendation. Smith also was the head of the military and music departments at the Western Baptist University in Kansas City in 1913. He also taught at various high schools throughout his life.
Smith, N. Clark, "Good-Night (voice, piano and violoncello obbligato)" (8402). Dunbar Music Archive. 173.