AFRICAN AMERICAN VOICES: Works by William Grant Still, George Walker and William L Dawson burst with life, while the 18th-century French composer’s bristling studies look forward


The three composers on the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s African American Voices (Linn), conducted by the orchestra’s assistant conductor, South Carolina-born Kellen Gray, are enjoying a vigorous revival. William Grant Still (1895-1978), George Walker (1922-2018) and William Levi Dawson (1899-1990) combined classical training with the Black vernacular music of their upbringing. Dawson played as a jazz trombonist (with Louis Armstrong and others); his melodic Negro Folk Symphony (1934) bursts with powerful orchestral gesture and taut rhythms.

Working in Black musical theatre and collaborating with George Gershwin and Paul Whiteman, Still brings a .....


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