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the American historian Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson (1875-1950). He
also founded the Association for the Study of African American Life
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ASALH website explains that the Anna Julia Cooper Black Heritage
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Black History is part of the common record of humanity. It proves
that people of African heritage have made enduring contributions to
society throughout history. Classical music has been enriched by
such contributions as long as it has existed. This page
includes a link to a Black History Quiz
comprised of 52 questions about composers and musicians of African
descent. The Composers page leads to 41 individual
biographies of composers. The Musicians page leads to 11
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His website has become one of the premiere resources for those
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Africana Encyclopedia, Third Edition, has been an
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is probably quoted more often than any other reference work.
The Center for Black Music Research
research unit of Columbia College Chicago which publishes the
International Dictionary of Black Composers. CBMR is devoted
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In 1987 the African American conductor Paul Freeman became Founding
Musical Director of the Chicago Sinfonietta, an unusually inclusive
orchestra whose mission is "Musical
Excellence Through Diversity". Its Web site is:
http://ChicagoSinfonietta.org Dr. Freeman served with
distinction for 24 years. He handed the baton to his
successor, Mei-Ann Chen in May, 2011. Maestro Freeman is profiled
among the Musicians of African Descent, as is violinist Aaron P. Dworkin.
the Sphinx Organization to introduce Black and Latino string
players to classical music and the classical music profession.
Its principal Web site is www.SphinxMusic.org
The group also operates an interactive educational site for children
The Sphinx Virtuosi (formerly the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra), the Harlem Quartet and the Catalyst
Quartet make a performance tour of the United States each October.
A decision to
publish The String Students Library of Music by Black
Composers has been announced by the Rachel Elizabeth
Barton Foundation, whose Web site is
Henry: A Ballad for Piano Quintet, was composed by George Augustus Polgreen Bridgetower and
arranged for piano quintet by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma. It
has been returned from the former MMB Music of St. Louis, and will
now be issued by Casa
Musicale de Lerma.
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Banat, Gabriel. The Chevalier de
Saint-Georges: Virtuoso of the Sword and the Bow. Hillsdale,
New York: Pendragon Press, 2006.
Departmental Archives of Guadeloupe. Le
Fleuret et l'Archet : Le Chevalier de Saint-George, Crèole dans le
Siècle des Lumières [Foil & Bow: Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Creole
in the Century of the Enlightenment]. Bisdary - Gourbeyre,
Everyman's Dictionary of Music; Compiled by Eric Blom;
Revised by Jack Westrup, Professor of Music, Oxford University.
New York: New American Library, 1971.
Guédé, Alain. Monsieur de Saint-George: Virtuoso, Swordsman,
Revolutionary. New York: Picador, 2003.
Heddle-Roboth, Robert and Marciano, Daniel. De L'Epée à La
Scène: A Book on Theatrical Fencing. Preface: Marcel
Marceau. France: Thespis, 2005.
Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Music;
Edited by Don Michael Randel. Cambridge, Massachusetts &
London, England: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1996.
King, Reyahn et al. Ignatius Sancho: An African Man of Letters.
London: National Portrait Gallery, 1997.
Marciano, Daniel. Le chevalier de Saint-Georges, Le Fils de
Noémie. France: Thespis, 2005.
Microsoft Encarta Africana Encyclopedia, on
CD-ROM and in a book published by Basic Civitas Books. Kwame
Anthony Appiah and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Editors.
Nemeth, Luc. Un État-Civil Chargé D'Enjeux: Saint-George,
Annales historiques de la Révolution française, No. 339,
January, 2005, pp. 79-97.
Ribbe, Claude. Le chevalier de Saint-George.
France: Perrin, 2004.
Smidak, Emil F. Joseph Boulogne called Chevalier de
Saint-Georges. Lucerne: Avenira, 1996.
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