String Music of Black Composers

A Bibliography

by Aaron Horne


Following his successful Woodwind Music of Black Composers, Horne now presents a work for the string music of Black composers. Organized alphabetically by composer, each entry provides information on his or her life and career and then details all works that include strings--as well as other information.

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October 1991


Pages 352
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Popular Culture/Music and Performing Arts

Following the pattern established with his pioneering work, Woodwind Music of Black Composers, Aaron Horne now presents a comparable work for the string music of Black composers. Composers from Africa as well as the Diaspora are covered in this, the most comprehensive work on the topic yet published.

Organized in alphabetical order by composer, each entry provides information, where available, on the composer's life and career, and then details all works that include strings as well as information about commission, premiere, and composer bibliography and discography. The volume includes a string index, as well as a general discography and bibliography. This work should prove invaluable for scholars examining the impact of Black composers on classical music, opera, and ballet, and it will be equally valuable to those devising repertoire for teaching and concert purposes.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Dominique-René de LermaKey to Publishers, Collections, and ManuscriptsBiographical Background and a Bibliography of Composers of African Ancestry and Their String MusicAfrican ComposersAfrican American ComposersAfro-European ComposersAfro-Latino ComposersString Music IndexUnaccompanied String SolosTwo InstrumentsThree InstrumentsFour InstrumentsFive InstrumentsSix InstrumentsSeven InstrumentsEight InstrumentsNine InstrumentsTen InstrumentsEleven InstrumentsTwelve InstrumentsStrings with WoodwindsStrings with BrassStrings with PercussionStrings with Tape/Electronic InstrumentsString OrchestraSolo/Soli Concerti with OrchestraChamber OrchestraOrchestraSolo Voice with Strings and Other InstrumentsVocal Solo/Soli with OrchestraChoir and OrchestraOrchestra with Jazz GroupMulti-Ensembles and OrchestraOperaBalletDiscographyBibliographyIndex



This is the second of Horne's series of bibliographic manuals on concert music by black composers. A careful scholar who knows the secondary literature well, Horne (Northeastern Illinois University) has also maintained communication with the contemporary composer. This volume (which includes music for plectral instruments as well as the bowed strings) employs the same format as Woodwind Music of Black Composers (CH, Dec '90): a respectable biographic sketch for each composer, the register of appropriate works (including publisher imprint, duration, and recordings), and a bibliography of sources consulted. The composers are alphabetized within geographic regions (Africa, the US, and Latin America) and the works are indexed by medium. This is a major publication of score bibliographies which should be of interest to all musicians, especially those responsible for teaching or repertoire development. Upper-division undergraduate and graduate collections. Lerma, Columbia College—Choice

The book, therefore, exceeds in value the restrictions of its title by providing more than a list of chamber works by Afro-American composers. In fact, some of the secondary virtues compete in importance with the book's implied purpose.—ARBA

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