William Grant Still

William Grant Still, 1895–1978, American composer, b. Woodville, Miss. Still was of Native American, African-American, and European ancestry. He studied music at Oberlin, with Chadwick at the New England Conservatory, and with Edgar Varèse. Much of his music reflects his African heritage. Among his works are four ballets, five symphonies, and seven operas. His opera Troubled Island (1941) is set to a libretto by Langston Hughes.

See his essays (ed. by R. Haas, 1972).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2018, The Columbia University Press.

William Grant Still: Selected full-text books and articles

William Grant Still: A Bio-Bibliography By Judith Anne Still; Michael J. Dabrishus; Carolyn L. Quin Greenwood, 1996
Woodwind Music of Black Composers By Aaron Horne Greenwood Press, 1990
Librarian's tip: "Still, William Grant " begins on p. 57
Varied Carols: A Survey of American Choral Literature By David P. Devenney Greenwood Press, 1999
Librarian's tip: Discussion of William Grant Still begins on p. 103
Composers of Today: A Comprehensive Biographical and Critical Guide to Modern Composers of All Nations By David Ewen H. W. Wilson, 1934
Librarian's tip: "William Grant Still" begins on p. 258
The Negro Genius: A New Appraisal of the Achievement of the American Negro in Literature and the Fine Arts By Benjamin Brawley Biblo and Tannen, 1966
Librarian's tip: Chap. XI "Music in Recent Years: H. Lawrence Freeman, Clarence Cameron White, Nathaniel Dett, William Grant Still, William L. Dawson, Roland Hayes, Julius Bledsoe, Marian Anderson"
Making Music Modern: New York in the 1920s By Carol J. Oja Oxford University Press, 2000
Librarian's tip: Discussion of William Grant Still begins on p. 330
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