JUDITH ANNE STILL - AUTOGRAPH - HFSID 207198
Sale Price $81.00
JUDITH ANNE STILLThe daughter of famed composer William Grant Still pens her name on this index card Signature: “Judith Anne Still” in black ink, 5x3. Photocopy of a newspaper article on Still included. Judith Anne Still (b. 1942) grew up under her father's protective wing. Because her parents were keenly aware of the judgment they would encounter as children of interracial parents, they made a strong effort to help their children develop a solid sense of self-worth. Following the death of both of her parents, Still took control of William Grant Still Music and set about actively promoting it. She traveled across the U.S., reintroducing forgotten scores and sponsoring recordings. Although historians oftentimes contend that her father's music was derivative of Gershwin's, there is evidence that the precise opposite might be true and that it was Gershwin who borrowed musical ideas from Still. Still accomplished many firsts for an African-American composer: he not only was the first African-American to conduct a major American symphony orchestra, but was also the first to have one of his symphonies performed by a leading orchestra. Interestingly, he was the first American composer of any ethnicity to have an opera performed by a major company. Lightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition.
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