Aspects of Black Classical Music – Sydnei Young

Aspects of Black Classical Music

Written by: Sydnei Young


    Although Classical music came about in the early 18th century, it wasn’t until the 20th century the Black community became prominent composers. African-Americans were finally ready to advance their tremendous talents by adding their flavor to this genre.


    Classical music is typically expressed as ‘elegant’. It follows a set, technical and complex form formula known as the opera, concerto, sonata, or the cantata. Some instruments used in classical music are as follows: strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion instruments. When the Negroes began to fuse their folkloristic components onto the traditional and precise classical music. For instance, Blacks would add a hint of jazz or blues to classical songs they produced in the United States

Social Implications and Commodification and Prominent Black Classical Artists:

    In the beginning of the classical era, Backs were purposefully discriminated from the genre due to segregation and segregation. The Harlem Renaissance initiated a jumpstart for Blacks to debt their classical compositions. Black musicians were given a platform for commercial promotion. For example, Scott Joplin’s “Tremonisha” a classical opera Ulysses Kay’s “Joys and Fears”.


The commodification of classical music was not dependent upon the Back community since they did not create this genre. However, African Americans were given a promotion to expose their blend of ideas on classical music in places like halls and theaters.


Influence of Future Genres:

    Black classical ,music influenced a later form of classical music formally known as NeoClassical. These artists wanted to compose a restored sound to the traditional elements of classical music.


Conclusory Opinions:

    Black classical music gave the traditional classic music a revitalized flavor. The genre was clarified and restored due to African Americans incorporating their melanin talents persistently into the music.

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