ORGANIST - LECTURER - CONDUCTOR
LECTURE PRESENTATIONS BY ANTHONY WILLIAMS
ORGAN MUSIC OF BLACK COMPOSERS
Organ Music of Black Composers is a lecture/demonstration examines organ music by African-American composers and composers of African descent that is useful for services and recitals. For many years, this rather large body of organ music has been virtually unknown to the general public due to a lack of publication. However, in recent years, a good deal of this music has been published making some of it accessible to the public. This workshop will focus primarily on the pieces that are published and available to the public. A handout consisting of several pages listing all of the known pieces will be provided.
JOHN W. WORK III: THE AMERICAN BELA BARTOK
John W. Work, III, composer and ethnomusicologist has made many important contributions to American music, although he is often overlooked. Work served for thirty-nine years on the faculty of Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee where in addition to teaching duties he served as Chairman of the Music Department and Director of the Fisk Jubilee Singers. Like his Hungarian counterpart, Bela Bartok who researched and collected Hungarian folk music, transcribed it and used it in compositions, Work collected Southern folk music and used it in compositions. In this workshop, the music of John W. Work III particularly those pieces based on Southern folk music will be examined.