Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Second Anthology of Art Songs by Black American Composers

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Second Anthology of Art Songs by Black American Composers

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SECOND ANTHOLOGY OF ART SONGS BY BLACK AMERICAN COMPOSERS. Compiled and edited by Willis C. Patterson. Self published by Willis C. Patterson, 2002 (available through Videmus.org). Contains two CDs of complete performances of all the songs. Composers represented: H. Leslie Adams, T. J. Anderson, John W. Work III, Roger Dickerson, Uzee Brown, Jr., Thomas Kerr, Jr., Adolphus Hailstork, J. Rosamond Johnson, Hall Johnson, Mark Fax, James Lee III, Betty Jackson King, Robert L. Morris, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Howard Swanson.

When this important anthology was published in 2002, I did not receive a copy for review. It was only in the last few months of research for the forthcoming fourth edition of Art Song in the United States, 1759-2011: An Annotated Bibliography that my coauthor William K. Gaeddert came across a reference to this second anthology of art songs by Black American composers, and we were able to borrow a copy for annotation of the songs for inclusion in the bibliography. In a brief email correspondence with Dr. Patterson, he told me that he had published the volume, which includes two CDs of performances of all the songs, with his own resources. Currently, Dr. Patterson is printing more copies of the anthology, and it is my hope that this general and very belated review will encourage wider circulation of this important resource.

The anthology contains forty-seven songs, many of which comprise sets or cycles, such as T. J. Anderson's Words My Mother Taught Me; Adolphus Hailstork's Songs of Love and Justice (Martin Luther King, Jr. …

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