Breaking News in the World of Opera

This entry is part 03 of 15 in the series Black Classical Music History

In the U.S.A., February is celebrated as Black History Month, and this year, we really have something to celebrate! Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, an English-born composer (not to be confused with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the eighteenth-century poet), wrote an opera titled Thelma Read More …

Black History Month—And Opera

This entry is part 04 of 15 in the series Black Classical Music History

Today I thought I’d share some fabulous video. If you haven’t seen Diva, I highly recommend it. Yes, it’s French. Yes, it’s in French. Yes, it has subtitles. Yes, it’s complicated to follow. See it anyway. Related posts: Black History Month Read More …

Black History Month and Opera, Again

This entry is part 05 of 15 in the series Black Classical Music History

A compelling and mesmerizing production of Don Giovanni, directed by Peter Sellars, and featuring the magnificent Eugene Perry as Don Giovanni, and his equally-magnificent twin brother, Herbert Perry, as Leporello, which unfortunately eclipses the wonderful Elmore James as Masetto. Make Read More …

Naxos Releases New Recording of Music by Florence Price

This entry is part 06 of 15 in the series Black Classical Music History

If we listened to music other than the greatest hits of the anointed few, might we be impressed by some ignored masterpiece? For example, consider Florence Price, the first black woman to have had her music performed by a major Read More …

How Many Black Classical Composers Can You Name?

This entry is part 07 of 15 in the series Black Classical Music History

In Music of the Heart. a film about violin teacher Roberta Guaspari, Naeem’s mother, Mrs. Adisa, pulls Naeem out of Guaspari’s violin class, and the following dialogue ensues: MRS. ADISA My son’s got more important things to do than learn Read More …

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

This entry is part 09 of 15 in the series Black Classical Music History

An English composer, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor has a Wikipedia entry. . We have a few (not nearly enough) recordings on Amazon: He was a prolific composer, again surmounting incredible odds, and was often referred to as “The African Mahler.” There is Read More …

Nicholas George Julius Ballanta

This entry is part 10 of 15 in the series Black Classical Music History

Ballanta has a Wikipedia article. There’s a World Heritage Encyclopedia article with a reasonable reference section, a Facebook fan page which is mostly empty, and an interesting legal question about his legacy. His musical scores can be found in a Read More …