Good-Night (voice, piano and violoncello obbligato)


N. Clark Smith

Publication Information

From Two Songs (1923)

Original Listing

Paul Laurence Dunbar, Good-Night

Biographical Information

(1877-1935) N. Clark Smith was a composer, musician, and music educator. He started very early on organizing bands at the Tuskegee Institute and in Chicago, Wichita, Kansas City, and St. Louis. At Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, 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. He was a bandleader at the Tuskegee Institute in 1905 after Teddy Roosevelt’s recommendation. Smith was the head of the military and music departments at Western Baptist University in Kansas City in 1913. He also taught at various high schools throughout his life.