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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.

Black Composers - Lists of Recordings

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Classical Music Recordings of Black Composers - site created by Richard Greene detailing recordings of classical compositions by Black composers.

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Clough, Francis F., and G.J. Cuming. The World's Encyclopedia of Recorded Music. London: Sidgwick & Jackson Limited, 1966.

de Lerma, Dominique-Rene______. Concert Music and Spirituals: A Selective Discography. Nashville, Tenn.: Fisk University, Institute for Research in Black American Music, 1981.

Greene, Richard. Black Classical Music Composers: a Comprehensive Discography of Recordings Available on Compact Disc. [Ardmore, Pa.: s.n.], 1998.

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.  

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