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; and instead, he studied composition at Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Still 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 also has nine honorary degrees. Often referred to as "the Dean of African-American Composers.” as a student of George Whitefield Chadwick and later Edgard Varèse. William Grant Still is remembered for many musical and historical achievements, including becoming the first African-American. 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.