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Samuel Coleridge-Taylor : a musical life

Author: Jeffrey P Green
Publisher: London ; Brookfield, Vt. : Pickering & Chatto, 2011
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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At the beginning of the twentieth century, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) was one of Britain's most popular and acclaimed composers. The illegitimate child of an African doctor, Coleridge-Taylor managed to escape his humble roots by studying composition at the Royal College of Music, where he won a scholarship in 1893. Though he composed mainly for piano and violin, his Song of Hiawatha was performed nationwide  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey P Green
ISBN: 1848931611 9781848931619
OCLC Number: 704895960
Description: ix, 296 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
The early years --
The Royal College of Music --
The promising young composer --
The wedding feast --
'A sentiment prevalent here' --
Intensifying the effect --
The international star --
A stalwart member of the profession --
A 'definite place for the Negro in the world's history' --
A tale of old Japan --
Requiem --
The legacy --
Postscript.
Responsibility: by Jeffrey Green.
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At the beginning of the twentieth century, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) was one of Britain's most popular and acclaimed composers. The illegitimate child of an African doctor, Coleridge-Taylor managed to escape his humble roots by studying composition at the Royal College of Music, where he won a scholarship in 1893. Though he composed mainly for piano and violin, his Song of Hiawatha was performed nationwide for choir and orchestra to great critical acclaim. He died from pneumonia at the age of thirty-seven. Green's study is more than a biography of an Anglo-African composer. Using a wide range of public and private records, this extensively researched work becomes a social history based around an artist who lived at the height of British imperialism. The first comprehensive study of Coleridge-Taylor's life for almost a century, it reveals how class-ridden Britain could embrace even the most unlikely of cultural icons [Publisher description]

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