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I Dream A World - Beverly Soll

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Published: 1st April 2005
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The first book to thoroughly examine the operas of this noted African American composer.

"Past scholarship on the career of William Grant Still has largely left readers interested in his operas searching for something more. Unfortunately, no single volume was available. Beverly Soll's I Dream a World fills that void. . . . In documenting Still's contributions to American opera, she also provides poignant insight to his continued struggle for place within a larger society." --Michael J. Dabrishus, assistant university librarian for archives and special collections at the University of Pittsburgh and coauthor of William Grant Still: A Bio-Bibliography "Beverly Soll has been thorough, thoughtful, fair, engaging, and most organized, all of which help the reader to sit back and enjoy the ride through William Grant Still's life. . . . She draws the reader in immediately and states her case. Harlem, Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Verna Arvey on the one hand, and opera composition, opera promotion and opera production on the other, do not connect until Soll shows us that they should and do, through the genius of William Grant Still." --Thomas King, professor of voice at Austin Peay State University
Past scholarship on the career of William Grant Still has largely left readers interested in his operas searching for something more. Unfortunately, no single volume was available. Beverly Soll s I Dream a World fills that void. . . . In documenting Still s contributions to American opera, she also provides poignant insight to his continued struggle for place within a larger society. Michael J. Dabrishus, assistant university librarian for archives and special collections at the University of Pittsburgh and coauthor of William Grant Still: A Bio-Bibliography Beverly Soll has been thorough, thoughtful, fair, engaging, and most organized, all of which help the reader to sit back and enjoy the ride through William Grant Still s life. . . . She draws the reader in immediately and states her case. Harlem, Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Verna Arvey on the one hand, and opera composition, opera promotion and opera production on the other, do not connect until Soll shows us that they should and do, through the genius of William Grant Still. Thomas King, professor of voice at Austin Peay State University"

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
Background and General Introduction to the Operas
Chronology of the Operasp. 3
The Operas in the Context of Twentieth-CenturyAmericap. 11
A Look at the Creation of the Operas through the Composer's Diariesp. 21
The Compositional Processp. 31
Still's Life and Philosophy as Reflected in the Themes of the Operasp. 37
Character Types and the Roles of Chorus, Orchestra, and Dance in the Operasp. 51
Structural and Musical Aspects of the Operasp. 59
Conclusion to Part 1p. 71
Research, Composition, and Performance History of the Operas
Blue Steel (1934)p. 75
Troubled Island (1939)p. 87
A Bayou Legend (1941)p. 125
Costaso (1950)p. 151
Mota (1951)p. 161
The Pillar (1956)p. 179
Minette Fontaine (1958)p. 187
Highway 1, U.S.A. (1962), revision of A Southern Interlude (1942)p. 205
Epiloguep. 221
William Grant Still's Performance Log of Aria or Opera Performancesp. 227
Distribution of Voice and Character Typesp. 236
Acts, Place, Setting, and Time of the Operasp. 241
Catalog of Arias by Opera, Title, Character, Voice Type, and Rangep. 243
Orchestration Employed in the Operasp. 247
A Brief Overview of Opera/Southp. 249
Abbreviationsp. 253
Notesp. 255
Bibliographyp. 275
Indexp. 281
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ISBN: 9781557287892
ISBN-10: 1557287899
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 301
Published: 1st April 2005
Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.64