Still, William Grant, 1895-1978

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Composer; d. 1978.

From the description of William Grant Still papers, 1937-1969. (Fisk University). WorldCat record id: 70972606

Epithet: composer and conductor

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001186.0x000212

William Grant Still was a prominent African-American composer. Verna Arvey, Still's wife, was a journalist and musician who collaborated with her husband on many compositions.

From the description of William Grant Still and Verna Arvey Papers, 1894-1991. (University of Arkansas - Fayetteville). WorldCat record id: 27347587

Commissioned by the League of Composers, 1935. Composed 1935. First performance Rochester, N.Y., 16 January 1936, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Howard Hanson conductor, Harry Watts soloist.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Kaintuck' / William Grant Still. [19--] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 55119217

Ballet composed 1932. First performance Rochester, N.Y., 5 May 1933, Rochester Civic Orchestra, Howard Hanson conductor.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Three dances from La Guiablesse / William Grant Still. [19--] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 55119211

Composed 1925. First concert performance Rochester, N.Y., 8 May 1929, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Howard Hanson conductor.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of From the journal of a wanderer / William Grant Still. [19--] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 55088724

Composed 1934. First performance Fort Worth, Texas, 3 November, 1936, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra with Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra, Paul Whiteman conducting.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Ebon chronicle / William Grant Still. [1934] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 55088715

Twentieth century African-American composer.

From the description of Papers, 1877-1992, n.d. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 32714276

American composer and arranger.

From the description of Typewritten letter signed : Los Angeles, California, to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Davis, 1944 Nov. 12. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270904717

  • 1895, May 11: Born in Woodville, Miss.
  • 1895: Moved to Little Rock, Ark. with mother, Carrie Fambro Still
  • 1911: Matriculated at Wilberforce College
  • 1915: Married Grace Bundy
  • 1916: Employed in music publishing company of W. C. Handy and Charles Pace (Memphis, Tenn.) Played in W. C. Handy's band.
  • 1917: Entered Oberlin Conservatory
  • 1924: Composed Darker America
  • 1929: Composed Breath of a Rose
  • 1931: Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra performed Afro-American Symphony
  • 1935: Composed Kaintuck
  • 1934, 1935 and 1938: Won Guggenheim Fellowships
  • 1938: Married Verna Arvey Commissioned to compose music for the 1939 New York World's Fair
  • 1940: Arranged Katherine Garrison Chapin's poem, And They Lynched Him on a Tree
  • 1941: Composed Bayou Legend Completed Troubled Island (Libretto by Langston Hughes and Verna Arvey)
  • 1952: First full recording of Afro-American Symphony
  • 1978, Dec. 3: Died in Los Angeles

Orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony, have performed Still's works throughout the United States. He received honorary degrees from the University of Arkansas, Wilberforce College, and Bates College.

From the guide to the William Grant Still Papers, 1877-1992, (Duke University. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library)

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referencedIn Chapin, Katherine Garrison, 1890-1977. Katherine Biddle papers, 1907-1977 (bulk 1935-1969). Georgetown University, Joseph Mark Lauinger Memorial Library
creatorOf Still, William Grant, 1895-1978. Afro-American symphony : 4th movement [sketch fragment] / William Grant Still. Northwestern University
referencedIn Lawrence, William, 1895-1981. William Lawrence papers, ca. 1919-1988. College of Charleston, Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library
creatorOf Blake, Eubie, 1887-1983. Jazztime babies of tan / [Eubie Blake ; arr. by Wm. G. Still]. Library of Congress
referencedIn Dillard, Tom W., 1948-. Tom W. Dillard Black Arkansiana Materials 1848- Central Arkansas Library System, Main Library
referencedIn Music Manuscripts, 1785-1948 Washington State University Libraries: Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
referencedIn Matthews, Miriam. Papers, 1845-1988, bulk 1920-1980. University of California, Los Angeles
referencedIn Hayes, Roland, 1887-1977. [Letter] July 22, 1938, Curryville, Georgia, [to Verna] Arvey. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
creatorOf Still, William Grant, 1895-1978. TLS, 1947 October 27 : Los Angeles, to Efrem Kurtz, Kansas City, MO. Copley Press, J S Copley Library
referencedIn Heddy Baum papers, ca. 1945-1990 The New York Public Library. Music Division.
creatorOf Blake, Eubie, 1887-1983. All good pickaninnies go to paradise / [Eubie Blake ; arr. by Wm. G. Still]. Library of Congress
referencedIn Kirkpatrick, John, 1905-1991. The John Kirkpatrick papers, 1836-1993 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
creatorOf Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964,. George Gershwin memorial collection of music and musical literature, [19--]-1947. Lincoln Memorial University Library, Carnegie-Vincent Library
creatorOf Still, William Grant, 1895-1978. William Grant Still papers, 1937-1969. Lincoln Memorial University Library, Carnegie-Vincent Library
creatorOf Still, William Grant, 1895-1978. Correspondence with Marian Anderson, 1937-1970. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Still, William Grant, 1895-1978. Darker America. [Orchestral score. New York?]. Eastman School of Music
creatorOf Still, William Grant, 1895-1978. Miniature overture / William Grant Still. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Still, William Grant, 1895-1978. Wood notes : inspired by poems of J. Mitchell Pilcher. Tulane University, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library
referencedIn Southern Folklife Collection Artist Name File, 1940-2005 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Folklife Collection.
referencedIn White, Clarence Cameron, 1880-1960. Clarence Cameron White collection, 1872-1965 (bulk, 1930-1960). Moorland-Spingarn Resource Center
referencedIn Serge Koussevitzky Archive, 1920-1976, (bulk 1924-1951) Music Division Library of Congress
referencedIn Kaufman, Louis, 1905-1994. Louis Kaufman collection, 1925-2008. Library of Congress
creatorOf Still, William Grant, 1895-1978. [Lecture on orchestration, by William Grant Still]. University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music, Sibley Music Library
creatorOf Blake, Eubie, 1887-1983. Have a good time everybody : opening chorus / [Eubie Blake ; arr. by Wm. G. Still]. Library of Congress
creatorOf Levin, Sylvan, 1903-1996. Correspondence with Leopold Stokowski, 1929-1953. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Still, William Grant, 1895-1978. William Grant Still collection of programs, press releases, articles : and related papers. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967,. Typed letter signed from Langston Hughes, Hollywood, California, to Dan Burley [manuscript], 1940 November 26. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Miriam Matthews papers, 1845-1988, bulk 1920-1980 University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
referencedIn J. Fischer & Bro. J. Fischer & Bro. music publishers collection, 1950-1970. Library of Congress
referencedIn University of California, Davis. Library. Collection on William Grant Still, 1983-1984. University of California, Davis, Shields Library
creatorOf Still, William Grant, 1895-1978. The Voice of the Lord : Psalm 29 / William Grant Still. Jewish Theological Seminary of America
creatorOf Thomas, John Charles, 1891-1960. Miscellaneous music manuscripts, 1880-1950. Peabody Conservatory, Arthur Friedheim Library
creatorOf Blake, Eubie, 1887-1983. Overture from Shuffle along / [Eubie Blake ; arr. by Wm. G. Still]. Library of Congress
referencedIn Still, Judith Anne. [William Grant Still biographical collection]. Northern Arizona University, Cline Library
referencedIn Arkansas History Commission. William Grant Still in the original Shuffle Along Orchestra, 1926 [graphic]. Arkansas History Commission
referencedIn Atkins, Irene Kahn, 1922-. Major figures in American music [S-Z] : [oral history]. Yale University Library
referencedIn Forsythe, Harold Bruce. Papers of Harold Bruce Forsythe 1903-1997 (bulk 1924-1935). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn National Orchestral Association collection of rehearsal and concert recordings [sound recording], 1938-1968 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
referencedIn White, Clarence Cameron, 1880-1960. Clarence Cameron White papers (Additions), 1906-1963. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn The Bell Telephone Hour collection of sound recordings [sound recording], 1940-1968 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
creatorOf Still, William Grant, 1895-1978. From the black belt : suite for orchestra / William Grant Still. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
referencedIn Arna Bontemps Papers, 1927-1968 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
creatorOf Johnson, James P. (James Price), 1894-1955. Modernistic. Library of Congress
creatorOf Still, William Grant, 1895-1978. Miniatures. No. 1. From the journal of a wanderer. Suite for orchestra. [Full score. New York?]. Eastman School of Music
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referencedIn International Society for Contemporary Music. League of Composers/ISCM records, 1906-2009 (bulk 1923-2009). New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Bennett, Robert Russell, 1894-1981. Music manuscripts, ca. 1785-1950. Washington State University, Holland and Terrell Libraries
creatorOf Still, William Grant, 1895-1978. Afro-American symphony / William Grant Still. University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music, Sibley Music Library
referencedIn Music Manuscripts, 1785-1948 Washington State University Libraries: Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
creatorOf Delannoy, Marcel, 1898-1962. [Ruth Page collection of manuscript music for dance]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Louis Kaufman Collection, 1925-2008 Music Division Library of Congress
creatorOf William Grant Still Papers, 1877-1992 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Baton Rouge Opera. Baton Rouge Opera programs, 1983-1991. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
referencedIn Manuel, George,. William Grant Still [graphic]. Arkansas History Commission
referencedIn Handy, W. C. (William Christopher), 1873-1958. [Letter] August 11, 1944, New York [to Verna Arvey] Still. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
creatorOf Still, William Grant, 1895-1978. Ebon chronicle / William Grant Still. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
referencedIn E. Robert Schmitz Papers, 1909-1991 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
creatorOf Blake, Eubie, 1887-1983. Bank song / [Eubie Blake] ; arr. by Wm. G. Still. Library of Congress
referencedIn The John Kirkpatrick Papers, 1836-1993 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
referencedIn Nicolas Slonimsky Collection, 1873-1997, (bulk 1920-1990) Music Division Library of Congress
referencedIn William Grant Still Papers, 1877-1992 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
creatorOf Still, William Grant, 1895-1978. Papers, 1877-1992, n.d. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Still, William Grant, 1895-1978. From the journal of a wanderer / William Grant Still. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
referencedIn Ojai Festivals, Ltd. Records of Ojai Festivals, Ltd., 1946-1953. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Clarence Cameron White papers (Additions), 1906-1963 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
creatorOf Allen, Nimrod Booker, 1886-1977. Papers 1876-1977. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
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creatorOf Ramsey, Emily. Emily Ramsey, violin ... [sound recording] : junior recital, Tuesday, November 23, 2004, 7:30 pm, Recital Hall. University of Central Oklahoma, Chambers Library
referencedIn League of Composers/ISCM records, 1906-2009, 1923-2009 The New York Public Library. Music Division.
referencedIn The Moldenhauer Archives at Harvard University: Correspondence, literary manuscripts, sound recordings, and other material, 1873-2001. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Frost, Peter L. He's a darn good man to have hanging around : as sung by Alberta Hunter on Black Swan record #2019 / arranged by Wm G. Still. Library of Congress
creatorOf Burch, Charles Eaton, 1891-1948. Papers, 1913-1948 (bulk 1936-1948). Moorland-Spingarn Resource Center
creatorOf Still, William Grant, 1895-1978. William Grant Still and Verna Arvey Papers, 1894-1991. University of Arkansas - Fayetteville, University Libraries
referencedIn Bontemps, Arna Wendell, 1902-1973. Arna Bontemps letters to William Grant Still and Verna Arvey, 1939-1947. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Cuney-Hare, Maud, 1874-1936. Maud Cuney-Hare collection, 1900-1936. Atlanta University Center, Robert W. Woodruff Library
creatorOf Still, William Grant, 1895-1978. Kaintuck' / William Grant Still. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Thomasson, Reginald Robert, c. 1914-1990. Reginald Robert Thomasson papers, 1932-1996. South Carolina State University, Miller F. Whittak, Miller F. Whittaker Library
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creatorOf MS Mus. 1175. Eugene Goossens Collection. Vol. v. Radhuber–Tibbett; 1899-1977. Includes a letter, dated 1899, from Camille Saint-Saëns to an unidentified woman, and a letter to Pamela Main dated 1977.ff. 199. 295 x 224mm.includes:f. 1 Sir Aynsl..., 1899-1977 British Library
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creatorOf Blake, Eubie, 1887-1983. There's a million little cupids in the sky / [Eubie Blake ; arr. by Wm. G. Still]. Library of Congress
referencedIn The Moldenhauer Archives at Harvard University: Manuscript music compositions, 1880-1985. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Bontemps, Arna, 1902-1973. Arna Bontemps letters to William Grant Still and Verna Arvey, 1939-1947. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Halász, László, 1905-2001,. Interview conducted by Oliver Daniel, Sept. 17, 1976 [sound recording]. University of Pennsylvania Library
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creatorOf Still, William Grant, 1895-1978. Typewritten letter signed : Los Angeles, California, to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Davis, 1944 Nov. 12. Pierpont Morgan Library.
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associatedWith Shaw, Artie, 1910-2004. person
associatedWith Shaw, Clifford, 1911-1976 person
associatedWith Shepherd, Arthur, 1880-1958 person
associatedWith Sherwood, Frank person
associatedWith Shoemaker, John R. (John Rogers), 1934- person
associatedWith Siegmeister, Elie, 1909-1991 person
associatedWith Sissle, Noble, 1889-1975 person
associatedWith Slates, Philip M., 1924-1966 person
correspondedWith Slonimsky, Nicolas, 1894-1995 person
associatedWith Snitman, Alice Rose person
associatedWith Spencer, Williametta person
associatedWith Spinner, Leopold person
associatedWith Stein, Alvin person
associatedWith Stevens, Halsey, 1908-1989 person
parentOf Still, Judith Anne. person
spouseOf Still, Verna Arvey person
associatedWith Still, William Grant, 1895-1978 person
associatedWith Stoddard, Hope, 1900-1987 person
associatedWith Stoessel, Albert, 1894-1943 person
associatedWith Stout, Alan person
associatedWith Strang, Gerald, 1908-1983 person
associatedWith Taylor, Clifford person
associatedWith Tcherepnin, Alexander, 1899-1977 person
associatedWith The CBS Symphony Orchestra corporateBody
associatedWith The Denver Symphony corporateBody
associatedWith The North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra corporateBody
associatedWith Theodore Presser Company corporateBody
associatedWith The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra corporateBody
associatedWith Thomas Smith person
associatedWith Thomasson, Reginald Robert, c. 1914-1990. person
associatedWith Thomson, Virgil, 1896-1989 person
associatedWith Thorne, Francis person
associatedWith Trythall, Gilbert, 1930- person
associatedWith Turner, Godfrey, 1913-1948 person
associatedWith Tuthill, Burnet, 1888-1982 person
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associatedWith Ussachevsky, Vladimir, 1911-1990 person
associatedWith Van Vactor, David, 1906-1994 person
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associatedWith Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964. person
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associatedWith Vázquez Sebastiá, Rafael person
spouseOf Verna Arvey person
associatedWith Verrall, John, 1908-2001 person
associatedWith Vito, Edward person
associatedWith Vogel, Norman person
associatedWith Vovk, Ivan person
associatedWith Vrionides, Christos, 1894-1961 person
associatedWith Wagenaar, Bernard, 1894-1971 person
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associatedWith Watson, Scott, composer person
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associatedWith Wendelburg, Norma person
associatedWith Whitcomb, Robert, 1921- person
associatedWith White, Clarence Cameron, 1880-1960. person
associatedWith Whiteman, Paul, 1890-1967. person
associatedWith Whithorne, Emerson, 1884-1958 person
associatedWith Whitmer, T. Carl (Thomas Carl), 1873-1959 person
associatedWith Wiggins, Mary person
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Place Name Admin Code Country
Los Angeles CA US
Woodville MS US
United States 00 US
Subject
Music--20th century
Music
Dance music
Music--Manuscripts--Facsimiles
Opera--20th century
Choruses, Sacred (Mixed voices, 4 parts) with organ
Orchestral music--20th century
Music--Manuscripts
Composers
Orchestral music--Scores and parts
Piano with orchestra--Scores and parts
Symphonies--Scores
African Americans
Symphonic poems (Piano with orchestra)--Scores and parts
Musical sketches
Symphonies--Excerpts
Suites (Orchestra)--Scores and parts
Jews--Music
Symphonies--20th century
Instrumentation and orchestration
Synagogue music
Ballets--Excerpts--Scores and parts
Overtures--Scores
Spirituals (Songs)
Chamber music--20th century
African Americans--Music
African American composers
Orchestral music--Scores
Psalms (Music)--29th Psalm
Sacred songs (High voice)
Suites (Orchestra)--Scores
Synagogue music--Sabbath services
Occupation
African American muscicians
African American composers
Arrangers
Collector
Function

Person

Birth 1895-05-11

Death 1978-12-03

Americans

English

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