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Feel Hope in the Music!

Michael Mwenso's Songs of Black Hope and Resistance

Black Music has always played a role in American protest, hope, and resilience. 

In this FREE multi-media, web series, curator and host Michael Mwenso investigates meaningful songs from the Black roots expression that speak to the ultimate human expression.

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Musical Snack #9: Lament (from "Silhouettes") by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Bruce Murray's Notes

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) was a British composer of African descent. He studied at the Royal College of Music under Charles Villiers Stanford, that bastion of musical respectability, and later counted Sir Edward Elgar as a supporter. Coleridge-Taylor wrote three cantatas after Longfellow's poem "The Song of Hiawatha," and these made the composer famous. The Hiawatha pieces became standard fare in Britain and remained popular until the middle of the twentieth century. However, his music faded from view, probably because of the conservative "Royal College" manner that prevails in many pieces. But "Royal College" also may suggest "expertly done," and his music reveals a high degree of finish. Perhaps more interesting, given the dates, is that Coleridge-Taylor embraced his African heritage and sought out important Black artists of the day; for example, he gave recitals with the poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. The brief "Lament" reveals the basic chromatic language of late nineteenth-century European music, but there is more: modal elements, melodic elaboration reminiscent of speech, and, perhaps even birdsong. Coleridge-Taylor created a large catalogue during his brief life, and it's time for a revival.

 

FREE web series in collaboration with the Oxford Community Arts Center

Musical Snacks: Mozart to Joplin with Bruce Murray

Wednesdays at noon wherever you are, take a break, a deep breath and enjoy a few minutes of exquisite piano music selected and performed by Oxford's own Bruce Murray and recorded in the beautiful ballroom of Oxford Community Arts Center.

New Episodes each Wednesday!

If you miss a week or want to re-watch a piece, don't worry, the videos will remain available on YouTube throughout Autumn.

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