POLITICS of MUSIC

  POLITICS of MUSIC American composer Roy Harris was born on February 12th as was Abraham Lincoln. Roy Harris ‘Bicentennial Symphony’ (14th Symphony) premiered under the baton of Murray Sidlin and the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center Feb 10-12, 1976.  The symphony has been effectively boycotted coast to coast by major, regional, community,…

POLITICS of MUSIC Roy Harris Bicentennial Symphony (14th Symphony)

POLITICS of MUSIC-As previously reported, American composer Roy Harris 5th Symphony was boycotted due to communist scare of McCarthyism.  Roy Harris Bicentennial Symphony (14th Symphony) has been boycotted for unspoken reasons. Please see https://africlassical.blogspot.com/2017/07/john-malveaux-year-2009-marked-200th.html. Please visit  http://musicuntold.com/index.php/bicentennial-symphony-video-set/ for event flyer, Press Telegram interview, and event photos. Please see pic 1 An Act of Justice and pic 2 composer…

POLITICS of MUSIC – I Have a Dream

This is to share information from the Elie Siegmeister Centennial files by conductor Leonard J. Lehrman. Composer Elie Siegmeister I HAVE A DREAM was originally commissioned by Cantor Solomon Mendelson at Temple Beth Sholom in Long Beach, Long Island. In the text adaptation by Edward Mabley, authorized by Dr. King, the scope of the speech…

POLITICS of MUSIC

Please see passage from ‘In One Lifetime’, a personal perspective about composer William Grant Still by his wife Verna Arvey (pianist, librettist). “This reminded us of R. Nathaniel Dett’s strong plea, when he visited groups of Negro musicians in Los Angeles, for Negroes to buy and perform works by Negro composers. At the time, we…