William Grant Still by Octobria Saddler

Biography

 

  • Born in Woodville, MS, 1895

  • Studied medicine at Wilberforce University before turning to music

  • Studied at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston

  • First black to direct a symphony orchestra in the United States

  • Founder of the Afro-American symphony

Sample of Music

 

His symphonic music ranged from piano pieces to symphony scores. A lot of his music sounds like it could be a score for a film. The usage legato notes played and the  range octaves played makes both of these pieces attribute to the “classical” sound the text-book mentions.  All of his music has a classical sound whether it was instrumental or for soloist.