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Black Lives Music.

Standing up for your rights and being proud of your origins and culture. Since the 1960s, African-American consciousness has played an important role in the work of a number of composers from the United States. African-American tone poets whose compositions refer to their rich musical traditions and cultural heritage and hope for a new future. They often employ repetitive compositional techniques to convey their message full of fire and conviction. In this Theme broadcast, the work of some leading African-American composers, namely Alvin Singleton, Julius Eastman and Anthony Davis, passes by.

 

Playlist:

1. Alvin Singleton:( photo ) ‘Secret Desire to Be Black (String Quartet No. 2)’ (1988), for string quartet, on Alvin Singleton – Four String Quartets. Momenta Quartet. New World Records 80832-2 CD

2. Alvin Singleton: ‘Somehow We Can (String Quartet No. 3)’ (1994), for string quartet, on Alvin Singleton – Four String Quartets. Momenta Quartet. New World Records 80832-2 CD

3. Anthony Davis: ‘Beyond Reason’ (1979), for piano, on Anthony Davis – Lady of the Mirrors. Anthony Davis (piano). India Navigation IN 1047 CD

4. Anthony Davis: ‘Behind The Rock’ (1978), for piano, on Anthony Davis – Middle Passage. Anthony Davis (piano) Gramavision GRCD 8401 CD

5. Anthony Davis: ‘Middle Passage’ (1983), for piano, on Anthony Davis – Middle Passage. Anthony Davis (piano) Gramavision GRCD 8401 CD

6. Alvin Singleton: ‘After Fallen Crumbs’ (1987), for orchestra, on Alvin Singleton-Shadows. Atlanta Symphony Orchestra conducted by Louis Lane. Elektra/Nonesuch 9 79231-2 CD

7. Alvin Singleton: ‘Shadows’ (1987), for orchestra, on Alvin Singleton-Shadows. Atlanta Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robert Shaw. Elektra/Nonesuch 9 79231-2 CD

8. Julius Eastman: ‘Gay Guerrilla’ (1980), for four pianos, on Julius Eastman – Unjust Malaise. Julius Eastman piano quartet. New World Records 80638-2 CD box set

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