A Death Song (medium voice and piano)


Howard Swanson

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Original Listing

Paul Laurence Dunbar, A Death Song

Biographical Information

(1907-1978) Howard Swanson was born in Atlanta. He began piano study at age 12 in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Theory at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He continued his studies with composer-teacher Nadia Boulanger in Fontainebleau, France. In 1950, Marian Anderson sang Swanson’s “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” at Carnegie Hall in the opening concert of her season that year. Later Swanson’s Short Symphony premiered by the NY Philharmonic. In 1952, Swanson was awarded the Guggenheim fellowship and a grant from the National Academy of Arts and Letters.