Bridgetower, George A. P.
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Ballade in C Minor, Op. 73
Nokothula Ngwenyama, viola
Mihae Lee, piano
EDI Records 9259 (2005)
Trevor Ochieng, 2004 1st place
Jr. Division Laureate of the Sphinx Competition with
Aaron P. Dworkin, Founder & President of The Sphinx
James DePreist, Nokuthula Ngwenyama & Julius
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The musicians at AfriClassical.com are a very small sample of
the many accomplished Black classical
conductors and instrumentalists of the past and present. James DePreist
and Paul Freeman are the conductors; the other nine are
performers. Conductors who are also composers are found in
the Composers pages. A complete list of the Musicians
pages can be found in the left column. The site does not sell CDs, but catalog
numbers are provided to make them easy to find at music stores
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Summaries of selected profiles are followed by an outline which
includes composers who are also conductors or performers. A good source of information on singers of African descent,
as well as vocal works of Black composers, is The
African-American Art Song Alliance. It was
founded in 1997 by Dr. Darryl Taylor, a countertenor and opera singer who
is Associate Professor of Music at the University of California,
http://www.darryltaylor.com/alliance/ In response to
requests posted in the Guest Book of AfriClassical.com,
Dominique-René de Lerma, Professor of Music at Lawrence University
in Appleton, Wisconsin, is compiling a concise database of
instrumentalists and conductors of African descent. He may be
Violinist Accompanied by Beethoven
Ludwig van Beethoven wrote his
Bridgetower Sonata for Violin and
Piano as a vehicle for displaying George Augustus
Polgreen Bridgetower's extraordinary
talent as a violinist. An argument prior to publication
led Beethoven to rename it the Kreutzer Sonata.
Pianist Continually Enslaved
Geneva Handy Southall's
biography of Thomas "Blind Tom" Wiggins (1849-1908) is subtitled
because owners and guardians kept control of Wiggins and took nearly all his
earnings for his entire life.
Pianist First Saw A Piano at Age 16
Girma Yifrashewa first saw a piano at age 16, yet he earned two
degrees in piano, and in 2002 became the first Ethiopian
classical pianist to tour widely in Africa, visiting 11 countries.
He composed all six works on his 2006 classical CD, Elilta.
Musicians of African Descent
1 Akpabot, Samuel
Ekpe - Nigeria, Organist
2 Moerane, Michael
M. - South Africa, Pianist
3 Sowande, Fela -
4 Yifrashewa, Girma -
1 Chapman Nyaho, William H. - U.S., Pianist
2 DePreist, James - U.S., Conductor
3 Dworkin, Aaron Paul - U.S., Violin
4 Freeman, Paul - U.S., Conductor
5 Johnson, Francis "Frank" - U.S., Bugler
6 Machado, Celso - Brazil, Guitarist
7 Ngwenyama, Nokuthula - U.S., Viola & Violin
Still, William Grant - U.S., Oboe
1 Blanke, John - U.K., Trumpet
2 Bridgetower, George A. P. - Poland, Violin
3 Coleridge-Taylor, Samuel - U.K., Conductor
4 Lambert, Lucien-Leon Guillaume - France, Piano
Conductors of African Descent
A African American
1 Dede, Edmond - U.S.
2 DePreist, James - U.S.
3 Freeman, Paul - U.S.
4 Leon, Tania - Cuba
5 Perkinson, Coleridge-Taylor - U.S.
6 Saint-Georges, Le Chevalier de - Guadeloupe
7 Still, William Grant - U.S.
8 Williams, Julius Penson - U.S.
Instrumentalists of African Descent
Francis "Frank" - U.S.
Brouwer, Leo - Cuba
2 Holland, Justin - U.S.
Still, William Grant - U.S.
1 Akpabot, Samuel -
2 Nunes Garcia, José
Mauricio - Brazil
3 Price, Florence Beatrice - U.S.
4 Sowande, Fela - Nigeria
Alberga, Eleanor - Jamaica
2 Bonds, Margaret Allison - U.S.
3 Chapman Nyaho, William H. - U.S.
Cunningham, Arthur - U.S.
Dett, R. Nathaniel - Canada
6 Elie, Justin - Haiti
7 Ellington, Edward Kennedy "Duke" - U.S.
Jeanty, Occide - Haiti
9 Johnson, James Price - U.S.
10 Joplin, Scott - U.S.
11 Lambert, Charles Lucien, Sr.
12 Lambert, Lucien-Leon Guillaume - France
13 Lamothe, Ludovic - Haiti
14 Moerane, Michael Mosoeu - South Africa
15 Pradel, Alain Pierre - Guadeloupe
16 Smith, Hale - U.S.
17 Verret, Solon - Haiti
18 Walker, George Theophilus - U.S.
19 Wiggins, Thomas "Blind Tom" - U.S.
20 Yifrashewa, Girma - Ethiopia
Bridgetower, George Augustus
P. - Poland
2 Dede, Edmond - U.S.
3 Dworkin, Aaron Paul - U.S.
4 Saint-Georges, Le Chevalier de - Guadeloupe
5 White, José Silvestre - Cuba
Ngwenyama, Nokuthula - U.S.
Birthplaces of Musicians of African Descent
Machado, Celso - Ribeiro Preto
Yifrashewa, Girma - Addis Ababa
Bridgetower, George Augustus Polgreen -
1 Chapman Nyaho, William H. - Wash., D.
2 DePreist, James - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
3 Dworkin, Aaron Paul - New York, New York
4 Freeman, Paul - Richmond, Virginia
5 Johnson, Francis "Frank" - Philadelphia, Pa?
6 Ngwenyama, Nokuthula - California
7 Wiggins, Thomas - Harris County, Georgia
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