Over the Hills (voice and piano)

Publication Information

From African Romances op.17 no.6 (1897)

Original Listing

Paul Laurence Dunbar, Over the Hills

Biographical Information

(1875-1912) Samuel Coleridge-Taylor was a composer and conductor trained and educated in England and lived in England all his life. He was exposed to black cultures through readings, research, and attending the annual London concerts of the Fisk Jubilee Singers. He was referred to by white, New York musicians as the "African Mahler" when he toured the U.S. in the early 1900s. He attended the Royal College of Music at the age of 15 and was originally a violin major and piano minor before switching to composition and studying under Charles Villers Stanford. He became friends with Dunbar when Dunbar visited England. Coleridge-Taylor's 1898 choral work Hiawatha's Wedding Feast was extraordinarily widely known among British classical listeners in the early years of the twentieth century. Although it was later eclipsed in popularity, it was performed all over the English-speaking world for several generations. Coleridge-Taylor was equally important as an early example of a composer who investigated the idea of an art rooted in the experience of the African diaspora, and his influence on African-American culture in the early decades of the twentieth century is just now beginning to gain its proper appreciation. Largely forgotten in the years after his untimely death, Coleridge-Taylor's works have been performed and recorded more and more often in recent times. http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Samuel_Coleridge-Taylor.aspx