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Discography of Music by Black Composers

Discography of Music by Black Composers

   
Orchestral and Instrumental Music: Collections
Orchestral and Instrumental Music: Individual Composers
Vocal and Choral Music, including Opera: Collections
Vocal and Choral Music, including Opera: Individual Composers
Piano Music: Collections
Piano Music: Individual Composers
Organ Music

General Compilation

The Black Composers Series. 9-LP set. Works by 16 composers. The     College Music Society CBS Special Products P19425-P19433 (1986).    Originally issued in 1974.

   Orchestral and Instrumental Music: Collections

A La Par: Music of David Baker, Tania Leon, Wendell Logan, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson. CRI CD 823 (1999).

African Heritage Symphonic Series, Volume 1. Music of Samuel
Coleridge-Taylor, Fela Sowande, and William Grant Still. Chicago
Sinfonietta, conducted by Paul Freeman. Cedille CDR 90000 055 (2000).

African Heritage Symphonic Series, Volume 2. Music of Roque Cordero, Adolphus Hailstork, Ulysses Kay, Hale Smith, and George Walker. Chicago Sinfonietta, conducted by Paul Freeman. Cedille CDR 90000 061 (2001).

African Heritage Symphonic Series, Volume 3. Music of Michael Abels, David Baker, William Banfield, and Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson. Chicago Sinfonietta, conducted by Paul Freeman. Cedille CDR 90000 066 (2002).

American Diversions. Includes Blues by David Baker and Three Pieces by Wendell Logan. Jenny Spanoghe, violin; and Jacqueline Herbein, piano. Rene Gailly International Productions ASLK CGER CD 87 042 (1989).

American Voices: The African-American Composers Project. Works by Billy Childs, David Baker, William Banfield. Akron Symphony Orchestra. Telarc CD-80409 (1995).

Black Manhattan: Theater and Dance Music of James Reese Europe, Will Marion Cook, and Members of the Legendary Clef Club. Performed by the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra. New World Records 80611-2 (2003).

A City Called Heaven. Music of T.J. Anderson, Anthony Davis, Tania Leon, Wendell Logan, Alvin Singleton, Olly Wilson; performed by Thamyris. ACA Digital Recording ACA CM20064 (2002).

Ellington and The Modern Masters: Music of African-American Composers. Music of Duke Ellington, Anthony Davis, Alvin Singleton, Olly Wilson, and Jonathan Holland. Detroit Symphony Orchestra. DSO-1003 (1999).|

Epitaph. Music of Adolphus Hailstork, James "Kimo" Williams, Roque Cordero. Chicago Sinfonietta; conducted by Paul Freeman. Fanfare Records 3534 (1995).

From the Delta. Includes works for band by William Grant Still, Julian Work, and Ulysses Kay. Northern Arizona University Wind Symphony. Northern Arizona University NAUW S001 (1994).

Ginastera: Estancia Dances and Other Orchestral Showpieces from around the World. Includes Variations for Orchestra and Antifonys by George Walker, and Niger Symphony by Frederick Tillis. Performed by various orchestras; conducted by Paul Freeman. Mastersound DFCDI-015 (1991).

Got the Saint Louis Blues: Classical Music in the Jazz Age. Includes James P. Johnson's Yamekraw orchestrated by William Grant Still,  Charlestonia by Edmund Thornton Jenkins, and R. Nathaniel Dett's The Chariot Jubilee, performed by VocalEssence. Clarion CLR907CD (2004).

Kaleidoscope: Music by African-American Women. Includes works for violin and piano by Lettie Beckon Alston, Dorothy Rudd Moore, Irene Britton Smith, and Dolores White. Helen Walker-Hill, piano; and Gregory Walker, violin. Leonarda Productions, LE 339 (1995).

Music for Cello and Piano by African-American Composers. Performed by Anthony Elliott, cello, and Toni-Marie Montgomery, piano. [Privately issued] (2001). Music by Lawrence Brown, Chad E. Hughes, Augustus O. Hill, Howard Swanson, Noel Da Costa, and David Baker.

The New American Scene II: 5 Distinguished African American Composers. Performed by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony. Albany Records TROY 303 (1998). Music by Wendell Logan, T. J. Anderson, Leroy Jenkins, Dolores White, and David Baker.

New Music for Orchestra. Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra. Vienna Modern Masters VMM 3045 (1998). Includes Mop/Mop by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson and A Tone Poem for Victims of Racism and Hatred by Joyce Solomon Moorman.

Out of the Depths: Music by African-American Composers. Performed by the Keystone Wind Ensemble. Citadel Records CTD 88143 (2003). Music for wind band by Adolphus Hailstork, Ulysses Kay, Gary Powell Nash, Roger Dickerson, Clarence Cameron White, and Hale Smith.

Ritz Chamber Players Live 2002-2003 Concert Season. [Privately issued] (2003). Includes music by William Grant Still, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, and Margaret Bonds.

SCARAB (Spirituals, Carols, Airs, Rags, and Blues). Includes music by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Clarence Cameron White, William Grant Still, Scott Joplin, and David Baker. Julia Quick, violin, and Gregory Thompson, piano. Private label (2000). Contact: jquick@scsu.edu.

Shades of Blue: Symphonic Works by African American Composers. Music of David Baker, H. Leslie Adams, and Stephen Michael Newby. Prague Radio Symphony and Washington Symphony, conducted by Julius P. Williams. Visionary Records/Albany Records Troy 431 (2000).

Symphonic Brotherhood: The Music of African-American Composers. Music of Adolphus Hailstork, Harry T. Burleigh, Julius P. Williams, Gary Powell Nash, David Baker. Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic. Albany Records Troy 104 (1993).

20th Century Visions. Vol. 1. Includes Fanfare for Life by James "Kimo" Williams, Sonata da Chiesa by Adolphus Hailstork, Runagate Runagate by Wendell Logan. Czech National Symphony; Paul Freeman, conductor; William Brown, tenor. A&R Records (1997).

Violin Concertos by Black Composers of the 18th and 19th Centuries. Works by Chevalier de Meude-Monpas, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Joseph White, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. Rachel Barton, violin; Encore Chamber Orchestra. Cedille Records CDR 90000 035 (1997).

We've Got (Poly)rhythm. Works for guitar by Roque Cordero, Tania Leon, and others. Ana Maria Rosado. Albany Records Troy 087 (1997).

William Grant Still: Afro-American Symphony, Kaintuck', Dismal Swamp. Olly Wilson: Expansions III. Cincinnati Philharmonic Orchestra. Centaur Records Centaur CRC2331 (1997).

William Grant Still: Symphony no. 1 (Afro-American); Duke Ellington: Suite from The River. Detroit Symphony Orchestra. American Series, vol. 3. Chandos Records CHAN 9154 (1993).

William Grant Still: Symphony no. 2 (Song of a New Race); William Levi Dawson: Negro Folk Symphony; Duke Ellington: Harlem. Detroit Symphony Orchestra. American Series, vol. 5. Chandos Records CHAN 9226 (1993).

Witness Volume III: Towards the Future. Music of Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, William Banfield, Joseph Jennings, Billy Childs, David Baker. Plymouth Music Series of Minnesota. Collins Classics Collins Digital 14762 (1996).

Works by T. J. Anderson, David Baker, Donal Fox, Olly Wilson. Videmus. New World Records New World Records 80423-2 (1992).

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   Orchestral and Instrumental Music: Individual Composers

Baker, David. Alabama Landscape, Refractions, Life Cycles, Concerto for tuba and orchestra. On: Paul Freeman Introduces David N. Baker. Czech National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Paul Freeman. Albany Records TROY 377 (2000).

—. Cellofire. Includes Concerto for Cello and Jazz Band; Sonata for Solo Cello; Suite for Cello and Jazz Trio. Edward Laut, cello; Indiana University Jazz Ensemble; Komei Harasawa, piano; Charles Hoag, bass; George Boberg, drums. Liscio Recordings, LAS-21793 (1993).

—. Faces of the Blues. On: Classic Saxophone: Vol. 2: Musica da Camera. Frank Bongiorno and the Empire Saxophone Quartet. Liscio Recordings, LCD-09193(1993).

—. Roots II. On: Spring Music: Works by Baker, Rochberg, Rorem. Beaux Arts trio. Philips Classics Productions Philips 438 866-2 (1994).

—. Starker Plays Baker. Includes Singers of Songs, Weavers of Dreams and Sonata for Cello and Piano. Janos Starker, cello; George Gaber, percussion; Alain Planes, piano. Consortium Recordings, 1994 (Laurel Record LR-817CD). Reissue of Laurel LR-117 (1982).

Banfield, William C. Extensions of the Tradition. Includes his Four Persons and Cone Tone performed by various musicians. Innova Recordings Innova 510 (1996).

Bland, Ed. Urban Classical: The Music of Ed Bland. Eight compositions performed by various groups and performers. Cambria Master Recordings CD-1026 (1994).

Braxton, Anthony. Composition no. 165 [for 18 instruments]. University of Illinois Creative Music Orchestra. New Albion Records NA 050 CD (1992).

—. 8 Duets with Peter N. Wilson, Hamburg 1991. Music and Arts Programs of America Music & Arts CD-710 (1992).

—. 92 + (30, 32, 139) + (108c, 108d). The New York Composers Orchestra. On: First Program in Standard Time. New World Records NW 80418-2 (1992).

Brouwer, Leo. Cancion de Cuna, The Black Decameron (excerpts). On: Concierto Latinoamericano. Berta Rojas, guitar. Dorian Discovery DIS-80159 (1997).

Coleman, Valerie. "Umoja." On: Imani Winds: Umoja. IMANI6227 (2002)

Coleridge-Taylor, Samuel. Chamber Music. The Coleridge Ensemble. AFKA Records SK-543 (1998).

—. Clarinet Quintet/Petite Suite / Ballade / Spirituals. Harold Wright, clarinet; Virginia Eskin, piano; The Hawthorne String Quartet. Koch International Koch 3-7056-2H1 (1992).

—. Hiawatha, Etc. Historic recordings of "Othello" Suite op. 79; "Onaway Awake"; Four Characteristic Valses; Petite Suite de Concert, op. 77; The Forest of Wild Thyme - Incidental Music, op. 74. Pavilion Records, Ltd. Pearl GEMM CD 9965 (1992).

—. Music from Othello. Performed by the Western Piedmont Symphony. Catawba CountyCouncil for the Arts, 11-12-2005 (2005).

—. Symphonic Variations on an African Air. On: Coleridge-Taylor, Butterworth, MacGunn. Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Decca Record Company Argo 436-401-2 (1993).

Cordero, Roque. Dodecaconcerto. On: . . .In the Receding Mist. . . . North/South Consonance Ensemble. North/South Recordings N/S R 1003 (1994).

Eastman, Julius. Unjust Malaise. New World Records 80638-2 (2005).

El-Dabh, Halim. Crossing into the Electric Magnetic. Eight electronic pieces. Without Fear Records WFR003 (2000).

Hailstork, Adolphus. An American Port of Call. On: First Edition Recordings: The Louisville Orchestra. Louisville Orchestra LCD009 (1995).

—. Sonata for Trumpet and Piano. On: Dark Fires Vol. 2. Albany TROY384 (2000). Performed by Karen Walwyn and Rodney Mack.

--. Symphony No. 2 ; SYmphony No. 3. Performed by the Grand Rapids Symphony. Naxos 8.559295 (2007).

—. Variations for trumpet. On: Spirit of the Trumpeter. Rodney Mack, trumpet, Karen Walwyn, piano. Albany Records Troy 552 (2003).

Hilliard, Quincy. Variations on an African Hymnsong. On: A Perfect Fit. The Washington Winds. Walking Frog Records WFR105 (1994).

Jenkins, Leroy. Themes and Improvisations on the Blues. Performed by Jenkins and various other artists. Composers Recordings, Inc. CRI CD663 (1994).

Johnson, Francis. The Music of Francis Johnson. Chestnut Brass Company. Musicmasters MMD6 0236 F (1990).

—. "Philadelphia Grays Quickstep," "The Princeton Grand March," "Johnson's March." On: Those Fabulous Americans. Matthew H. Phillips and his Symphony Orchestra of America. Albany Records Troy 103 (1993).

Johnson, James P. Victory Stride: The Symphonic Music of James P. Johnson. Concordia Orchestra. Musicmasters Classics 01612-67140-2 (1994).

Joplin, Scott. The Red Back Book / Elite Syncopations. New England Conservatory Ragtime Ensemble, conducted by Gunther Schuller; and Southland Stingers, conducted by George Sponhaltz. Musical Heritage Society 513737K (1994).

Kay, Ulysses. Brief Elegy for Oboe and Strings. On: Music for Oboe and Orchestra. Oscar Petty and the Billings Symphony Orchestra. Innova Recordings Innova 501 (1994).

—. Six Dances for String Orchestra. On: The Incredible Flutist: American Orchestral Works by Still, Kay, Coolidge, Mason, Piston. Westphalian Symphony Orchestra, Paul Freeman, conductor. Vox Box CDX 5157 (1996).

—. Suite for Flute and Oboe. On: A Tribute to Otto Luening. Performed by members of the New York Flute Club. Composers Recordings Incorporated CRI CD 561 (1988).

Leon, Tania. Bata and Carabali. On: First Edition Recordings: The Louisville Orchestra. Louisville Orchestra LCD010 (1995).

—. Indigena. Also includes: Parajota Delate. Continuum. Composers Recordings, Inc. CRI CD 662 (1994).

—. Journey. The Jubal Trio. On: Jubal Songs. Composers Recordings, Inc. CRI CD 738 (1997).

—. Pueblo Mulato. On: Voces Americanas. CRI Exchange CD 773 (1998). Performed by Voices of Change.

Moorman, Joyce Solomon. A Tone Poem for Victims of Racism and Hatred. On: New Music for Orchestra. Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra. Vienna Modern Masters VMM 3045 (1998).

Mumford, Jeffrey. The Focus of Blue Light. Composers Recordings, Inc. CRI CD 650 (1993).

—. a pond within the drifting dusk. On: Bang on a Can Live, Vol. 2. Composers Recordings Inc., Emergency Music CRI CD 646 (1993).

—. the promise of the far horizon. Albany Records TROY698 (2004).

Newton, James. As the Sound of Many Waters. San Francisco Contemporary Music PLayers. New World Records 80579-2 (2000).

Perkinson, Coleridge-Taylor. Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson: A Celebration. Chicago Sinfonietta, New Black Music Repertory Ensemble String Quartet, Joseph Joubert, piano; Tahirah Whittington, cello; Ashley Horne, Sanford Allen, violins. Cedille CDR 90000 087 (2005).

—. Mop/Mop. On: New Music for Orchestra. Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra. Vienna Modern Masters VMM 3045 (1998).

—. Three Miniatures. On: Let Us Break Bread Together. Harold Jones, flute; and Colette Valentine, piano. Leonarda Productions, LE 333 (1993).

Price, Florence. "The Deserted Garden." On: Here's One. Zina Schiff, violin, and Cameron Grant, piano. 4-Tay Inc. 4-TAY-CD-4005 (1997).

—. The Oak; Mississippi River Suite; Symphony no. 3. Women's
Philharmonic. Koch International Classics 3-7518-2 HI (2001).

Saint-Georges, Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de. Four Concertos for Violin. Jean-Jacques Kantorow. Arion ARN 68093 (1990). Reissue of earlier Arion albums: ARN 90632 (1975) and ARN 38 346 (1976).

—. 11e Concerto op. VII no. 2; Symphonies op. XI nos. 1 & 2. Arion ARN 55434 (1998). Orchestre de Chambre de Versailles, Anne-Claude Villars, violin. Reissue of a 1982 recording.

—. Le Mozart Noir. Performed by Tafelmusik. CBC REcords SMCD 5225 (2003).

—. Six Quatuors. Arion ARN 55425 (1998). Reissue of a 1977 recording.

—. Sonates pour clavecin et violon. Brigitte Haudebourg, harpsichord, and Jean-Jacques Kantorow, violin. Arion ARN 55445 (1999). Reissue of 1979 recording.

Singleton, Alvin. Extension of a Dream. Includes Argoru VII, Between Sisters, Argoru VI and Inside-Out, performed by members of Thamyris. Albany Records Troy 527 (2002).

—. In Our Own House. On: Dark Fires Vol. 2. Albany TROY384 (2000). Performed by Karen Walwyn and Friends.

—. Shadows / After Fallen Crumbs / A Yellow Rose Petal. Meet the Composer Residency Series. Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Elektra-Nonesuch Elektra-Nonesuch 9 79231-2 (1989). Reissued on First Edition FECD-0043 (2005).

—. Somehow We can. Performed by the Marian Anderson String Quartet; Wadada Leo Smith, trumpet; Anthony Davis, piano; Martha Mooke, elcetric five-string viola. Tzadik TZ 7075 (20020).

Smith, Hale. Dialogues & Commentaries; Variations a due; Innerflexions; additional vocal and piano works. On: The Music of Hale Smith. Various artists. CRI CD 860 (2000).

—. Innerflexions. On: American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Composers Award Recording. Slovenic Symphony Orchestra. Composers Recordings, Inc. CRI CD 590 (1991).

Still, William Grant. —. Afro-American Symphony. On: William Grant Still Afro-American Symphony—Amy Beach "Gaelic" Symphony Op. 32. Performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Bridge 9086 (1999).

—. The American Scene. Also includes Phantom Chapel and Serenade plus vocal works. Manhattan Chamber Orchestra with Margaret Alstrup, soprano. Newport Classic NPD 85596 (1995).

—. A Festive Sunday with William Grant Still. Includes Symphony no. 3 (The Sunday Symphony), Festive Overture, chamber works. Cambria Master Recordings CD-1060 (1996).

—. From the Black Belt and Darker America. On: The Incredible Flutist: American Orchestral Works by Still, Kay, Coolidge, Mason, Piston. Music for Westchester Symphony Orchestra. Vox Box CDX 5157 (1996).

—. Get on Board: American Music for Woodwinds. Sierra Winds. Cambria Master Recordings CD-1083 (1994).

—. La Guiablesse / Danzas de Panama / Quit dat Fool'nish / Summerland. Berliner Symphoniker; Alexa Still, flute; and Susan DeWitt Smith, piano. Koch International Koch 3-7154-2H1 (1993).

—. Here's One. Includes six pieces by Still performed by Zina Schiff, violin, and Cameron Grant, piano. Also includes music by Florence Price and others. 4-Tay, Inc. 4-TAY-CD-4005 (1997).

—. Lenox Avenue: The Music of William Grant Still. Bay Cities BCD 1033 (1991). Recorded from early radio broadcasts.

—. Miss Sally's Party. On: Witness Volume II: William Grant Still. Collins Classics 14542 (1996).

—. Oregon Festival of American Music Presents William Grant Still. Includes works for string quartet: Lyric Quartet, Danzas de Panama, Prince and the Mermaid Suite, and selections from Little Folk Suites; and works for violin and piano: "Pastorela," "Blues," and "Quit Dat Fool'nish." Koch International Classics 3-7546-2H1 (2002).

—. Romance for alto saxophone and piano. On: Seasons; Michael Hester, saxophone, Marie Sierra, piano. Smooth Stone Productions MJ96514 (2001).

—. Sahdji Ballet. On: Fiesta in Hi-Fi. Eastman-Rochester Orchestra and Chorus. Philips Classics Productions Mercury Living Presence 434 324-2 (1992).

—. Suite for violin and piano. On: African-American Sampler. Portia Shuler-Hawkins, piano, Felix Farrar, violin. POrtia Hawkins, unnumbered (2001).

—. Summerland. Chamber works. Alexa Still, flute; Susan DeWitt Smith, piano; and the New Zealand String Quartet. Koch International Classics Koch 3-7192-2 H1 (1994).

—. Works by William Grant Still. Videmus. New World Records New World Records 80399-2 (1990).

Tillis, Frederick. Motherless Child and Spiritual Fantasy no. 12. On: Freedom. New World Records NW 80455-2 (1996).

Walker, George. Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra. On: American Trombone Concertos. Christian Lindberg; the Malmo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by James DePriest. Grammofon AB BIS BIS-CD-628 (1993).

—. George Walker. Includes Serenata for Chamber Orchestra; Poeme for Violin and Orchestra; Orpheus for Chamber Orchestra; Folk Songs for Orchestra. Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Gregory Walker, violin. Albany Records Troy 270 (1997).

—. George Walker. Includes Sonata for Cello and Piano; Sonata for Violin and Piano no. 1; Music for Brass (Sacred and Profane). Italo Babini, cello; Gregory Walker, violin; George Walker, piano; and the American Brass Quintet. Albany Records Troy 154 (1995).

—. George Walker: A Portrait. Includes Five Fancies for Clarinet and Piano Four Hands; Antifonys for Chamber Orchestra; An Eastman Overture; Variations for Orchestra. Albany Records Troy 136 (1994).

—. Lilacs for Voice and Orchestra: The Music of George Walker.
Also includes Tangents for Chamber Orchestra; Wind Set for Woodwind Quintet; Sonata for Violin and Piano no. 2; and String Quartet no. 2. Various artists. Summit Records DCD 274 (2000).

—. Sonata no. 1 for violin and piano. On: The Music of George Walker. George Walker and Gregory Walker. Composers Recordings Inc. CRI CD 719 (1997).

White, Clarence Cameron. Levee Dance. On: Made in the USA. Andres Cardenes, violin, and Luz Manriquez, piano. Ocean Records OR103 (1997).

—. Pieces for solo violin and piano. On: Grace Notes. Performed by Julia Quick, violin and Gregory Thompson, piano. Grace Notes 16318CD (undated).

Williams, James Kimo. Buffalo Soldiers: The Symphonic Works of  James  Kimo Williams. Includes Fanfare for Life, Buffalo Soldiers, Symphony for the Sons of Nam performed by The Academic Symphony Orchestra of St. Petersburg Philharmonia. Little Beck Music LBM 80504 (2006).

Wilson, Olly. A City Called Heaven. On: Music for Chamber Ensemble. The Boston Musica Viva. Neuma Records Neuma 450-79 (1992).


—. Sinfonia. Boston Symphony Orchestra. New World Records NW 80331-2 (1985).

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   Vocal and Choral Music, including Opera: Collections

Ah! Love, But a Day: Songs and Spirituals of American Women. Includes songs by Margaret Bonds, Undine Smith Moore, Florence Price, Jacqueline Hairston, and Betty Jackson King. Louise Toppin, soprano, Jay A. Pierson, baritone, and John O'Brien, piano. Videmus/Albany Records Troy 385 (1999).

Amen! African-American Composers of the Twentieth Century. Music by various composers. Includes two song cycles: William Grant Still's Songs of Separation and Robert Owens's Borderline. Oral Moses, bass-baritone and Geroge Bailey, piano. Albany Records Troy 459 (2001).

Come Down Angels. The Art of the Negro Spiritual volume 1. Spiritual settings by a number of black composers. Randye Jones, soprano and Francis Conlon, piano. AhhJay Records AHHJ-0001 (2003).

Creole Classique: Music for a New Orleans Soiree. Includes songs by Basile Bares, Samuel Snaer, Raymond Kerry Moore, and Anthony Peter Moore. Various artists. GUMBO8319 (2000).

Deep River: Songs Arranged by Harry T. Burleigh, William L. Dawson, Jester Hairston, John W. Work. Performed by Cantus. Cantus Recordings CTS-1203 (2003).

Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit: Spirituals. Concert settings by Hall Johnson, Moses Hogan, Harry T. Burleigh, Edward Boatner. Derek Lee Ragin, countertenor; and The New World Ensemble-Chamber Choir. Channel Classics Records CCS 2991 (1991).

Fi-Yer! A Century of African American Song. William Brown, tenor, and Ann Sears, piano. Albany Records TROY 329 (1999).

For Doc: A Brothers' Tribute in Song. Dedicated to Wendell Whalum. Choral settings by Whalum, Wendell Logan, Harry T. Burleigh, John W. Work, and others. [Morehouse College Glee Club] Volume 10, MCGC (1990).

Got the Saint Louis Blues: Classical Music in the Jazz Age. Choral works by W. C. Handy, Harry T. Burleigh, Florence B. Price, Carl Diton, and R. Nathaniel Dett, performed by VocalEssence. Clarion CLR907CD (2004).

I've Known Rivers. Includes songs by Swanson, Boatwright and Burleigh among other composers. Steven Marking, baritone and Richard Cherry, piano. Mountaintop Studios and American International Artists (2002).

Let It Shine! Laura English-Robinson. Spiritual arrangements, including John Carter's "Cantata." ACA Digital Records CM20020 (1994).

Mosaic: A Collection of African-American Spirituals with piano and guitar. Performed by Angela M. Brown with Jospeh Joubert, piano, Tyron Cooper, guitar. Albany Records TROY721 (2004).

The Negro Speaks of Rivers and Other Art Songs by African-American Composers. Music of Leslie Adams, Margaret Bonds, Charles Brown, Cecil Cohen, Undine Moore, Robert Owens, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Florence Price, Howard Swanson, George Walker, and John W. Work, Jr. Odekhiren Amaize, bass-baritone. Musicians Showcase Recordings MS 1011 (1999).

Nueva Espana: Close Encounters in the New World, 1590-1690. Includes African-influenced villancicos, negritos, and dance music from the late Renaissance and Baroque periods in South America. The Boston Camerata. Erato Disques Erato 2292-45977-2 (1993).

Remembering . . . Discovering . . . Preserving: Songs of African American History. Brazeal Dennard Chorale. Includes spiritual arrangements by Undine Smith Moore, Hall Johnson, R. Nathaniel Dett, Leonard de Paur, John W. Work, Noah F. Ryder, William L. Dawson, Wendell Whalum, Evelyn La Rue Pittman, and Moses Hogan. Brazeal Dennard Chorale BDC-4444 (1999).

Remembrance: African American Songs. Includes songs by Robert Owens, John W. Work, Mark Fax, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Noel Da Costa, David Baker, Harry Thacker Burleigh, William Grant Still. Dina Cancryn Foy, soprano, Polly Brecht, piano. DCF Records (1996). Unnumbered.

Sence You Went Away: Contemporary African American Art Songs & Spirituals. Music of Leslie Adams, Valerie Capers, Adolphus Hailstork, Cedric Dent, Eugene Hancock, John Carter, and Wendell Whalum. Various artists. Albany Records Troy 387 (2000).

Songs of Illumination. Includes songs by Hale Smith, Camille Nickerson, Thomas Kerr, Adolphus Hailstork, Stephen Newby, Howard Swanson, William Banfield, Evelyn Simpson-Curenton, and a performance of T. J. Anderson's song cycle, Songs of Illumination. Louise Toppin, soprano, and Bill Brown, tenor, with Howard Watkins and Vivian Taylor, piano. Centaur Records CRC 2375 (1998).

Spirituals in Concert. Includes orchestral arrangements of spirituals by Evelyn Simpson Curenton, Sylvia Olden Lee, Hale Smith, and others. Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman with chorus and orchestra conducted by James Levine. Deutsche Grammophon 429 790-2 (1991).

The Unknown Flower: Song Cycles by American Women Composers of the 20th Century. Charsie Randolph Sawyer, soprano. Includes song cycles by Valerie Capers, Lena McLin, Lettie Beckon Alston, Betty Jackson King, and Jacqueline Sellers. Calvin College Alumni Associate CAA-1004 (1999).

Watch and Pray: Spirituals and Art Songs by African-American Women Composers. Music of Betty Jackson King, Margaret Bonds, Undine Smith Moore, Florence Price, and Julia Perry. Videmus. Koch International Classics Koch 3-7247-2H1 (1994).

Where the Music Comes From: American Songs. Includes art songs by Harry T. Burleigh and Wendell Logan. Cynthia Haymon, soprano; and Warren Jones, piano. Decca Record Company Argo 436 117-2 (1992).

Witness Volume 1: Spirituals and Gospels. Arrangements by Brazeal Dennard, Harry T. Burleigh, Moses Hogan, Adolphus Hailstork, Robert Harris, Michael Abels, and others. Plymouth Music Series of Minnesota. Collins Classics 14492 (1995).

Witness Volume III: Towards the Future. Music of Undine Smith Moore, Jospeh Jennings, Evelyn Simpson-Curenton, Adolphus Hailstork, David Baker. Plymouth Music Series of Minnesota. Collins Classics Collins Digital 14762 (1996).

You Can Tell the World: Songs by African-American Women Composers. Art songs and spiritual arrangements by Lena J. McLin, Florence Price, Julia Perry, Zenobia Powell Perry, Betty Jackson King, Jeraldine Saunders Herbison, and Sharon J. Willis. Sebronette Barnes, soprano and Elise Auerbach, piano. Senrab Records SRR7988 (2000).

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   Vocal and Choral Music, including Opera:
Individual Composers

Adams, Leslie. "For You There Is No Song." On: The Horse I Ride Has Wings. Donnie Ray Albert, baritone, David Garvey, piano. Now Recordings (1996).

—. Love Rejoices: Songs of H. Leslie Adams. Darryl Taylor, tenor, Robin Guy, piano. Visionary Records/Albany Records Troy 428 (2000).

Alston, Lettie. Lettie Alston and Friends Perform Religious Music for Voice and Piano by Lettie Beckon Alston. [Unnumbered] Performers include: Glenda Kirkland, Charsie Randolph Sawyer, John-Paul White, Robert Conway, Flavio Varani, and the composer.

Baity, Judith. The Choral Music of Judith Baity. Celestial Melodies, unnumbered (2005).

Baker, David. Song Cycle. On: Mostly Americana. Jennifer Poffenberger, soprano; and Lori Piitz, piano. Enharmonic ENCD93-012 (1993).

Banfield, William C. Extensions of the Tradition. Includes his "Spiritual Songs for Tenor and Cello" and "The Prophetess II." Innova Records Innova 510 (1996).

Bonds, Margaret. Three Dream Portraits. On: De Toda la Eternidad: Songs of American Women Composers. Bonnie Pomfret, soprano, Laura Gordy, piano. ACA Digital Recordings CM20090 (2005).

Burleigh, Harry T. Deep River: Songs and Spirituals of Harry T. Burleigh. Oral Moses, baritone; and Ann Sears, piano. Northeastern Records NR 252-CD (1995).

Burleigh, Harry T. From the Southland: Songs, Piano Sketches and Spirituals of Harry T. Burleigh. Hilda Harris, Philip Creech, Steven Cole, and Arthur Woodley, with Joseph Smith, piano. Premier Recordings (1995).

Carter, John. "Cantata for voice and piano." On: St. Louis Woman. Christine Brewer, soprano; and Kirt Pavitt, piano. Opera Theatre of St. Louis OTSL CD93 (1993).

Coleridge-Taylor, Samuel. Hiawatha. Scenes from the Song of Hiawatha, including Hiawatha's Wedding Feast, The Death of Minnehaha, and Hiawatha's Departure. Welsh National Opera. Two-CD boxed set includes booklet with libretto. Decca Record Company Argo 430 356-2 (1991).

Cook, Will Marion. Swing Along: The Songs of Will Marion Cook. Performed by William Brown, tenor, and Ann Sears, piano. Albany Records TROY839/40 (2006).

Davis, Anthony. Lost Moon Sisters. On: Urban Diva. Dora Ohrenstein, soprano, and ensemble. Composers Recordings Incorporated CRI CD 654 (1993).

—. X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X: An Opera in Three Acts. Two-CD boxed set includes booklet with libretto. Gramavision Records Inc. R2-79470 (1992).

Dawson, William L. Spirituals. Performed by the Tuskegee Institute Choir conducted by William L. Dawson. MCA MSD-35340 (1992). Previously issued as Westminster Gold WGM-8154.

Euba, Akin. Chaka: An Opera in Two Chants. City of Birmingham Touring Opera. Music Research Institute MRI-0001 CD (1999).

Furman, James. Two Motets and Jupiter Shall Emerge. On: New American Choral Music, Vol. III. Gregg Smith Singers. GSS Recording Company, 1987. [Cassette.]

Garcia, Jose Mauricio Nunes. Missa de Santa Cecilia and Matinas de Finados. Orquesta Sinfonica Brasileira and Associacao de Canto Coral. Fundacao Nacional de Arte [Brazil] FUN 001-2M/95 (1994).

Hailstork, Adolphus. The McCullough Chorale in Concert, Singing the Music of Adolphus Hailstork. Albany Records Troy 156 (1995).

Johnson, Hall. The Best of the Hall Johnson Centennial Festival... November 18-20, 1988. 4 CD set. Includes spirituals, art songs, music arranged for films and the stage, performed by Robin Wilson, soprano, Barbara Dever, mezzo-soprano, Blanche Foreman, contralto, Gregory Hopkins, tenor, John Morrison, tenor, Sylvia Lee, piano, and the choirs of Howard University, Rowan University, and Winston-Salem State University. Rowan University of New Jersey 2002 Hall Johnson Collection. (2002). Order from: Dr. Eugene Simpson, Hall Johnson Collection, 10 Aspen Road, Sicklerville, NJ 08081. ($50.00).

Joplin, Scott. Treemonisha. Houston Grand Opera; orchestration by Gunther Schuller. Deutsche Grammophon 435 709-2-435 711-2 (1992-). Reissue of Deutsche Grammophon 2707 083 (1976).

Leon, Tania. De Orishas. On: Satires, Ballads and Bop. The Western Wind. Newport Classic NPD 85507 (1991).

—. Batey. On: Indigena. The Western Wind. Composers Recordings Incorporated CRI CD 662 (1994).

Marsalis, Wynton. Blood on the Fields. Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Columbia Records CXK 57694 (1997).

Newby, Stephen Michael. Gospel Songs for Baritone and String Orchestra. On: Shades of Blue: Symphonic Works by African American Composers. Richard Taylor, baritone, Washington Symphony, conducted by Julius P. Williams. Visionary Records/Albany Records Troy 431 (2000).

Price, Florence. "Song to the Dark Virgin." On: The Horse I Ride Has Wings. Donnie Ray Albert, baritone, David Garvey, piano. Now Recordings (1996).

Raphael, Michael. Michael Raphael's Jazz Hymns. Kevin Maynor, bass; Brandt Fredericksen and Eric Olsen, piano. Guild GMCD 7224 (2001).

Smith, Hale. The Valley Wind; Toussaint L'Ouverture; In Memoriam-Beryl Rubenstein. On: The Music of Hale Smith. Various artists. CRI CD 860 (2000).

Still, William Grant. And They Lynched Him on a Tree, Wailing Woman, Swanee River. On: Witness Volume II: William Grant Still. Collins Classics 14542 (1996).

—. From the Hearts of Women; Mother and Child; "The Citadel;" "Golden Days." On: The American Scene. Margaret Alstrup with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. Newport Classic NPD 85596 (1995).

—. Highway One, USA. With Pamela Dillard, Louise Toppin, Robert Honeysucker, and Ray M. Wade, Jr. Visionary Records VIS734 (2005).

—. Three Rhythmic Spirituals, "I Feel Like My Time Ain't Long." On: A Festive Sunday with William Grant Still. Schola Cantorum of the University of Arkansas. Cambria Master Recordings CD-1060 (1996).

--. Troubled Island. World premiere recording: New York City Opera, 1949. William Grant Still Music/Cambria CD-A130. (2003).

Tillis, Frederick. Freedom, Spiritual Fantasy no. 9, and four art songs. On: Freedom. New World Records NW 80455-2 (1996).

Walker, George. Cantata for Soprano, Tenor, Boys Choir and Chamber Orchestra. On: George Walker: A Portrait. Joyce Mathis, Walter Turnbull, the Boys Choir of Harlem, and the Orchestra of St. Luke's. Albany Records Troy 136 (1994).

—. Collected songs. On: The Music of George Walker. Phyllis Bryn-Julson, soprano and George Walker, piano. Composers Recordings Inc. CRI CD 719 (1995).

—. Lilacs for voice and orchestra. On: Lilacs for Voice and
Orchestra: The Music of George Walker
. Faye Robinson, soprano, Arizona State University Symphony Orchestra. Summit Records DCD 274 (2000).

—. Poem for Soprano and Chamber Ensemble. On: Works by Joel Chadabe, Clark Eastham, George Walker, and James Willey. Capitol Chamber Artists. Centaur Records, 1991 (Centaur CRC 2071). (Also released on George Walker, Albany Records Troy 154 [1995].

Weston, Trevor. Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis. On: This Is Thy Hour O Soul. Performed by the Taylor Festival Choir, Robert Taylor, conductor. Centaur CRC 2773 (2006).


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   Piano Music: Collections

African-American Sampler. Music of William Grant Still, John Wesley Work, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, R. Nathaniel Dett, Margaret Bonds. Portia Shuler-Hawkins, piano. Portia Hawkins, unnumbered (2001).

Black Diamonds: Althea Waites Plays Music by African-American Composers. Works by Florence Price, William Grant Still, Margaret Bonds, Ed Bland. Althea Waites. Cambria Master Recordings CD-1079 (1993).

Black Piano: A Treasury of Works for Solo Piano by Black Composers. Works by William Grant Still, R. Nathaniel Dett, Howard Swanson, Ulysses Kay, John Wesley Work Jr., Oscar Peterson, Duke Ellington, and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. Monica Gaylord. Music & Arts Programs of America Music & Arts CD-737 (1992).

Dark Fires: 20th Century Music for Piano. Contains music by Dolores White, Lettie Beckon Alston, Tania Leon, Hale Smith, Roger Dickerson, Jeffrey Mumford, Adolphus Hailstork. Karen Walwyn. Albany Records Troy 266 (1997).

Dark Fires: Vol. 2. Albany Records TROY384 (2000). Music of Ellis Marsalis, David Baker, Alvin Singleton, Adolphus Hailstork and Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson performed by Karen Walwyn and Friends.

Kaleidoscope: Music by African-American Women. Includes works for piano by Margaret Bonds, Valerie Capers, Rachel Eubanks, Nora Douglas Holt, Lena Johnson McLin, Undine Smith Moore, Julia Perry, and Florence Price. Helen Walker-Hill. Leonarda Productions, LE 339 (1995).

Nathaniel Dett / William Grant Still Piano Music. Denver Oldham. Altarus Records AIR-CD-9013 (1995).

Piano Music by African-American Composers. Works by R. Nathaniel Dett, Thomas Kerr, William Grant Still, John W. Work III, George Walker, Arthur Cunningham, Talib Rasul Hakim, Hale Smith, Olly Wilson. Natalie Hinderas. 2 CDs. Composers Recordings Incorporated CRI CD 629 (1992). Reissue of Desto 7102/3 [1970?].

Piano Music by William Grant Still and Other Black Composers. Monica Gaylord, piano. Music & Arts CD737 (1998). Reissue of Black Piano: A Treasury of Works for Solo Piano by Black Composers. (1992).

Rags and Other Riches. Includes works by Artie Matthews, Pete Johnson, and Albert Ammons. Alan Mandel. American Piano, vol. 3. Premier Recordings PRCD 1021 (1992).

Rhapsody in Black and White. Music by Scott Joplin, James P. Johnson, William Grant Still, Duke Ellington. Marco Fumo, piano. Dynamic CDS 351 (2000).

Rhythmic Moments. Includes works by Scott Joplin, James P. Johnson, and Duke Ellington. Joseph Smith. American Piano, vol. 4. Premier Recordings PRCD 1028 (1993).

Senku: Piano Music by Composers of African Descent. William Chapman Nyaho, piano. Music by Joshua Uzoigwe, Oswald Russell, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Gamal Abdel-Rahim, R. Nathaniel Dett, and Gyimah Labi. Musicians Showcase MS1091 [2004].

Soulscapes: Piano Music by African American Women. Maria Corley, piano. Music by L. Viola Kinney, Valerie Capers, Dorothy Rudd Moore, Undine Smith Moore, Florence Price, Zenobia Powell Perry, and Margaret Bonds. Albany Records Troy857 (2006).

Towards an African Pianism: Volumes 1 and 2. Various performers; compiled and annotated by Akin Euba. ABA 0001-ABA0002 (2005).

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   Piano Music: Individual Composers

Adams, H. Leslie. Twelve Etudes. Maria Corley. Albany Records, Troy 639 (2004).

Alston, Lettie. Keyboard Maniac: Keyboard Works  by Lettie Alston. With Falvio Variani, piano. Albany Records TROY439 (2001).

Banfield, William C. "Wagussyduke." On: Extensions of the Tradition. Dan Michalak. Innova Recordings Innova 510 (1997).

Boone, John W. Blind Boone's Piano Music. Frank Townsell. Laurel Records LR-860 CD (1998).

Burleigh, Harry T. "From the Southland: Piano Sketches." On: From the Southland: Songs, Piano Sketches and Spirituals of Harry T. Burleigh. Joseph Smith. Premier Recordings PRCD 1041 (1995).

Coleridge-Taylor, Samuel. 24 Negro Melodies. Frances Walker. Originally recorded, 1978. HNH International Orion 7806-2 (1995).

Dett, R. Nathaniel. Nathaniel Dett: Piano Works. Denver Oldham. Recorded Anthology of American Music. New World Records CD 367- 2 (1988).

Gonzaga, Chiquinha. Chiquinha Gonzaga. Mestres Basileiros, Vol. 1. Maria Teresa Madeira, piano. Sonhos & Sons SSCD023 (1999).

Joplin, Scott. Complete Rags for Piano. William Albright. Musical Heritage Society 522771H (1991).

—. The World of Scott Joplin. Also contains music of James Scott and others. Max Morath. Vanguard VMD 310 ([1987?]).

King, Betty Jackson. Four Seasonal Sketches. On: Piano Portraits of the Seasons by Women Composers. Katharine Boyes, piano. Private label (2001).

Leon, Tania. Momentum. On: Character Sketches: Solo Piano Works by 7 American Women. Nanette Kaplan Solomon. Leonarda Productions LE 334 (1994).

—. Ritual. On: Indigena. Clemens Leske, piano and A la Par for piano and percussion performed by Chris Lamb and Virginia Perry Lamb. Composers Recordings Incorporated CRI CD 662 (1994).

—. Ritual. On: Sonoric Rituals: Rarely Performed Latin American Piano Music. Martha Marchena. Albany Records Troy 242 (1997).

Pradel, Alain Pierre. Sept Pieces Creoles Volume 1. Tatjana Rankovich,
piano. Dezil Production DP 001 (1999).

Perkinson, Coleridge-Taylor. Statements: Sonata No. 2 for piano. On: Circa 1980: Works for Solo Piano by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson [and] Donald Martino. John Cheek, pianist. JRI Recordings J115 (2003).

cmid="Standard Page:Body Copy" collageitalic="true">Althea Waites Performs the Piano Music of Florence Price. Althea Waites. Cambria Master Recordings CD 1027 (1987).

Ricketts, Estelle D. "Rippling Spring Waltz." On: Piano Portraits of the Seasons by Women Composers. Katharine Boyes, piano. Private label (2001).

Sadoh, Godwin. "Nigerian Wedding Dance." On: There and Back, Jeffrey Grossman, piano. [Unnumbered]

Singleton, Alvin. "Le tombeau du petit prince." On: The Contemporary Harpsichord. Mark Kroll, harpsichord. Albany Records TROY 668 (2004).

Still, William Grant. Africa: Piano Music of William Grant Still. Denver Oldham. Koch International Koch 3-7084-2 (1991).

—. Kaintuck' and Dismal Swamp. On: William Grant Still: Afro-American Symphony. Richard Fields, piano, with the Cincinnati Philharmonic Orchestra. Centaur Records CRC 2331 (1997).

—. Three Visions. On: Live from New York. Anthony Philip Pattin. APT Music (2002).

Walker, George. The Music of George Walker. Includes: Piano sonata no. 2, "Spatials," "Spektra," "Prelude," "Caprice," Variations for Piano. Performed by George Walker. Composers Recordings Inc. CRI CD 719 (1997).

—. Sonata no. 1. On: George Walker in Recital. Albany Records Troy 117 (1994).

—. Piano Sonata no. 2. On: George Walker. Albany Records Troy 154 (1995).

—. "Spatials." On: The Composer-Performer: A Compact Disc Retrospective. Composers Recordings, Inc. CRI CD 670 (1994).

White, Clarence Cameron. "On the Bayou" and "Cabin Song." On: Frank Townsell Plays F. Schubert, F. Chopin, C. Debussy, C.C. White. Frank Townsell, unnumbered (2003). 

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   Organ Music

Coleridge-Taylor, Samuel. Impromptu no. III. On: Comes Summertime: Highlights from Riverside Summer Recitals 1998. James Abbington, organ. JAV Recordings JAV112 (1998).

Hailstork, Adolphus. Amazing Grace: Organ Music of Adolphus Hailstork. Performed by James Kosnik, organ, with Frank Ward, bass-baritone, David Walker and Rob Cross, percussion, and the Eastern Virginia Brass Quintet. Albany Records TROY873 (2006).

Kay, Ulysses. Suite no. 1. On: Comes Summertime: Highlights from Riverside Summer Recitals 1998. James Abbington, organ. JAV Recordings JAV112 (1998).

Price, Florence B. Chicago Renaissance Woman: Florence B. Price Organ Works. Calvert Johnson, organ. Calcante Recordings CD014 (1997).

A Sampling of Organ Music of Black Composers. Works by twelve composers, plus biographical booklet. Eugene Wilson Hancock. American Guild of Organists, 1992. Cassette and booklet available from: AGO Educational Resources, 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1260, New York, NY 10115.

Spillman, Herndon. A Diversity of Riches: Multi-ethnic Organ Music by 20th-century American Composers. Works by Thomas Kerr, Mark Fax, Ralph Ricardo Simpson, Calvin Hampton, and others. Titanic Records Ti-205 (1992).

Still, William Grant. Reverie and Elegy. On: Witness Volume II: William Grant Still. Philip Brunelle. Collins Classics 14542 (1996).

Walker, George. Three Pieces for Organ. On: George Walker: A Portrait. Mickey Thomas Terry. Albany Records Troy 136 (1994).

—. "Prayer," "Improvisation on St. Theodulph," "Spires." On : George Walker: Composer, Pianist. Performed by Trent Johnson, organ. Albany Records TROY697 (2005).

Weathersby, Lucius. Spiritual Fantasy. Organ works by Wallace Cheatham, Fela Sowande, Violet George Bowers, William Grant Still, Kevin Goerge, Uzee Brown, and Lucius Weathersby. Albany Records Troy 440 (2001).

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