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African American Studies Critical Guide to OHAM: Classical


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OHAM holds interviews with numerous African American classical musicians, including William Grant Still—the first African American composer to have an opera produced by the New York City Opera and to conduct a major American orchestra—and Anthony Davis, whose numerous works include the 1986 opera X, The Life and Time of Malcolm X and the music for the Broadway version of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America. Also included in this list are the white composers and composers of color whose music draws inspiration from African American musical forms along with various indigenous folk traditions from across the world.

Abels, Michael
Akiho, Andy

Babbit​, Milton
Bermel, Derek
Blake, Ran
Bermel, Derek
Chavez, Carlos
Coleman, Valerie
Davis, Anthony 
On Freeman, Harry Lawrence
Gershwin, George
Giteck, Janice
Hamlisch, Marvin
Hearne, Ted
Henze, Hans Werner

Johnson, Scott

Larsen, Libby
León, Tania
Lewis, George
Lockwood, Annea
McKinley, William
Palestine, Charlemagne
Partch, Harry
Price, Florence
Reich, Steve
Schuller, Gunther
Sorey, Tyshawn

Still, William Grant
Sur, Donald
Thompson, Joel
Thorne, Francis
Torke, Michael
Williams, Mary Lou
Wilson, Olly
Young, LaMonte
Yun, Du
Ziporyn, Evan
Zorn, John

Last updated 05/09/2023