Negro Folk Symphony
The Negro Folk Symphony is a symphony composed by William L. Dawson and completed in 1934.
The work consists of three movements:
- The Bond of Africa
- Hope in the Night
- O, Le' Me Shine, Shine Like a Morning Star!
Its world premiere on November 20, 1934, at Carnegie Hall in New York City was conducted by Leopold Stokowski and performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra.
It was recorded by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra conducted by Neeme Järvi in 2001. A recording by the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Arthur Fagen was released in June 2020.
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- ^ "William Dawson 1934 / Philadelphia Orchestra (concert record)". Carnegie Hall. November 20, 1934.
- ^ "A Tuskegee Symphony; Stokowski to Present Dawson's Pioneer Work on Negro Themes". The New York Times. 1934-11-18. Retrieved 2020-10-27.
- ^ Negro Folk Symphony at Discogs
- ^ Audio on YouTube, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi
- ^ Huizenga, Tom (2020-06-26). "Someone Finally Remembered William Dawson's Negro Folk Symphony". National Public Radio. Retrieved 2020-10-27.
- ^ Walls, Seth Colter (2020-07-02). "8 Things to Do This Fourth of July Weekend". The New York Times. Retrieved 2020-10-27.