Winter's Approach (high voice and piano)
Paul Laurence Dunbar, Winter's Approach
(1895-1978) William Grant Still began his education as a student of medicine at Wilberforce University in Ohio. He left before finishing; instead, he studied composition at Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He was a student of George Whitefield Chadwick and later Edgard Varèse and wrote over 150 compositions, including operas, ballets, symphonies, chamber works, and arrangements of folk themes, plus instrumental, choral, and solo vocal works. He played the violin, cello, and oboe. Still has nine honorary degrees. He's often referred to as "the dean of African American composers.” He was the first African American to conduct an American orchestra; to have a symphony played by a major orchestra; to conduct a major symphony orchestra in the United States; to direct a major symphony orchestra in the Deep South; to conduct a major American network radio orchestra; to have an opera produced by a major American company; and to have an opera televised over a national network in the United States (after his death).
Still, William Grant, "Winter's Approach (high voice and piano)" (1928). Dunbar Music Archive. 128.