O Lord, the Hard-won Miles (voice and piano)
Paul Laurence Dunbar, A Prayer
(1882-1943) Dett attended Oberlin Conservatory where he received his undergraduate degree in piano and composition. He also studied at Harvard University under Arthur Foote, and at the American Conservatory in Fountainebleau with Nadia Boulanger. He received his Masters of Music degree at the Eastman School of Music. He worked at the Hampton Institute in Hampton, Virgina where he trained the choir at the school, which was traditionally African-American. He eventually rose to the director of the music department at Hampton and became the first African-American individual to hold that job. Dett also got an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Oberlin College which was another first for an African-American.
Dett, R. Nathaniel, "O Lord, the Hard-won Miles (voice and piano)" (1934). Dunbar Music Archive. 41.