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Black Composers in Classical Music

A research guide for finding recordings, music, and information on classical music written by black composers.

Lists of Scores of Classical Compositions by Black Composers

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Black Composers - Scores  - based on Richard Greene's site, Classical Music Recordings of Black Composers, links to libraries that have scores of each piece of music.

Find Scores of Black Composers

Abromeit, Kathleen A. An Index to African-American Spirituals for the Solo Voice. Westport, Ct.: Greenwood Press, 1999.

Brown, Rae Linda. Music, Printed and Manuscript, in the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection of Negro Arts and Letters: An Annotated Catalog. New York: Garland, 1982.

De Charms, Desiree and Paul F. Breed. Songs in Collections: An Index. Detroit: Information Coordinators, 1966

de Lerma, Dominique-René. Bibliography of Black Music. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1981-84. 4 v. 

Horne, Aaron.  Brass Music of Black Composers: A Bibliography.  Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1996. 

_________.  Keyboard Music of Black Composers: A Bibliography.  Westport, Conn.:Greenwood Press, 1992.

_________.  String Music of Black Composers: A Bibliography.  Wesport, Conn.:Greenwood Press, 1991.

_________.   Woodwind Music of Black Composers: A Bibliography.  Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1990.

Kimberlein, Cynthia Tse and Akin Euba.  Towards an African Pianism: keyboard music of Africa and the Diaspora.  Point Richmond, CA : MRI Press, 2005.  

Lomax, John A. and Alan Lomax. Folk Song USA: The 111 Best American Ballads. New York: Duell, Sloan, and Pearce, 1947.

McCorvey, Everett David. The Art Songs of Black American Composers. Ph.D. diss., The University of Alabama, 1989.

Nyaho, William C., ed.  Piano Music of Africa and the  African Diaspora.  New York: Oxford U. Press, 2007-2008.

Tischler, Alice. Fifteen Black American Composers: A Bibliography of Their Works. Detroit: Information Coordinators, 1981. 

Trice, Patricia Johnson.  Choral Arrangements of the African-American spirituals: historical overview and annotated listings.  Westport, Conn.; Greenwood Press, 1998.

Walker-Hill, Helen. "Music by Black Women Composers at the American Music Research Center."American Music Research Center Journal, 2 (1992): 23-51.

White, Evelyn Davidson. Choral Music by African American Composers: a Selected, Annotated Bibliography, 2nd ed. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 1996.