O Lord, the Hard-won Miles (voice and piano)
Paul Laurence Dunbar, A Prayer
(1882-1943) R. Nathaniel Dett attended Oberlin Conservatory, where he received his undergraduate degree in piano and composition. He also studied at Harvard University under Arthur Foote and at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau with Nadia Boulanger. He received his master's in music at the Eastman School of Music. He worked at the Hampton Institute in Hampton, Virginia, where he trained the choir at the school, which was traditionally African American. He eventually rose to the director of the music department at Hampton and became the first African American individual to hold that job. Dett also received an Honorary Doctor of Music degree from Oberlin College.
Dett, R. Nathaniel, "O Lord, the Hard-won Miles (voice and piano)" (1934). Dunbar Music Archive. 41.