It’s been 2 weeks since I received my copies of the (out-of-print) International Dictionary of Black Composers, and I have been reading a few entries every day. The book was edited by the late Helen Walker-Hill, musicologist and wife of…
Black Composers Forum
Spreadsheet of composers (sorted by date)
Black composer database links
International Dictionary of Black Composers. Samuel A. Floyd Jr., ed. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn. 1999. ISBN 9781884964275
Green, Mildred Denby. Black women composers: a genesis. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1983 ISBN 9780805794502. OCLC 7248595.
Walker-Hill, Helen. From spirituals to symphonies : African-American women composers and their music. University of Illinois Press, 2007. ISBN 9780252074547
Samuel A. Floyd, Jr (ed.), Black Music in the Harlem Renaissance, Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1990
Southern, Eileen. Biographical Dictionary of Afro-American and African Musicians, Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1982.
Crawford, Richard. America's Musical Life: A History. W. W. Norton & Co., 2001 ISBN 0-393-04810-1
George Bridgetower (1778-1860)
Welcome to the forum! In June 2020 I started trying to educate myself about the music and experience of black composers by posting an almost daily entry on my Facebook page. Here in the forum, they are loosely organized by period (see links in box to the right), and I will also post a link to a spreadsheet I am keeping as a resource for musicians looking to explore. To view all the entries, click on "View all posts" as the thumbnail section is limited and only shows the 24 most recent posts. Content is added frequently, so please check back often, and/or follow me on Facebook.