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William Grant Still (May 11, 1895 – December 3, 1978) was an American composer, who composed more than 150 works, including five symphonies and eight operas.

Often referred to as "the Dean" of African-American composers, Still was the first American composer to have an opera produced by the New York City Opera. Still is known most for his first symphony, which was until the 1950s the most widely performed symphony composed by an American.

Born in Mississippi, he grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, attended Wilberforce University and Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and was a student of George Whitefield Chadwick and later Edgard Varèse.

Of note, Still was the first African American to conduct a major American symphony orchestra, the first to have a symphony (his 1st Symphony) performed by a leading orchestra, the first to have an opera performed by a major opera company, and the first to have an opera performed on national television.

Due to his close association and collaboration with prominent Afro-American literary and cultural figures such as Alain Locke and Langston Hughes, William Grant Still is considered to be part of the Harlem Renaissance movement.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Still: Symphony no. 1 "Afro-American" / Ellington: Suite from "The River" William Grant Still, Duke Ellington; Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi 1
1993 Still: Symphony no. 2 "Song of a New Race" / Dawson: Negro Folk Symphony / Ellington: Harlem William Grant Still, William Levi Dawson, Duke Ellington; Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi 1
1999 William Grant Still: Afro-American Symphony / Amy Beach: "Gaelic" Symphony, op. 32 William Grant Still, Amy Beach; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Karl Krueger 1
2005 Afro-American Symphony / In Memoriam / Africa (Symphonic Poem) William Grant Still; Fort Smith Symphony, John Jeter 1
2009 Symphonies nos. 4 and 5 / Poem for Orchestra William Grant Still; Fort Smith Symphony, John Jeter 1
2011 Symphonies nos. 2 and 3 / Wood Notes William Grant Still; Fort Smith Symphony, John Jeter 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 African Heritage Symphonic Series, Volume I Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Fela Sowande, William Grant Still; Chicago Sinfonietta, Paul Freeman 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Africa: Piano Music of William Grant Still William Grant Still; Denver Oldham 1

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