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Might as well post the last of my Forgotten Masterpiece Fridays from Facebook from before I returned to LJ. This was originally posted on January 27, 2017. I was reminded of it by my last post, since the violist in this video is one of the handful of LJ friends I've met in person (though now inactive on LJ).

In anticipation of Black History Month, this week's composer is William Grant Still (1895-1978), the "Dean of African-American Composers" and the leading composer of the Harlem Renaissance. Still held a whole raft of firsts for African-Americans in classical music: he was the first African-American to have a symphony performed by a major orchestra, the first to have an opera performed by a major opera company, and the first to conduct a major orchestra. His 1st symphony is among the most-performed American symphonies.

While William Grant Still is best known for his orchestral music, his chamber music is far less often performed. This week's piece, Still's Lyric Quartette, shows a more intimate side to the composer than is typically heard. One of his last works, composed in 1960, this string quartet is subtitled "Musical Portraits of Three Friends" in a similar vein to Elgar's Enigma Variations.


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