William Grant Still: African-American Composer (Masters of Music)
|Rating||:||4.82 (995 Votes)|
|Number of Pages||:||112 Pages|
Book by Reef, Catherine
"Of William's determination and of his many achievements" according to Midwest Book Review. William Grant Still grew up the grandson of slaves in the segregated South: he knew he wanted to be a classical musician, but his mother wanted him to become a doctor and doubted his ability to achieve in the white-dominated classical music world. This biograhy for young readers tells of William's determination and of his many achievements, with a little over 100 pages including black and white photos throguhout.. "The Best Book About Still for Young Readers" according to AfroAmericanHeritage. This book is clear, concise and engaging. It doesn't skirt issues of race - it explores the obstacles Still faced in both the white and black communities. Highly recommended.
Still, this is a good introduction to this musical innovator and his compositions. Reef traces the man's youth, his musical education, his adult years, and his struggles to get his works performed. It provides little interpretation of the man, and does little to place him within the context of his times. . What this title lacks is the "how" and "why" of Still's life. Black-and-white photographs, mostly of the composer and his family, appear throughout.Carol Jones Collins, Columbia High School, Maplewood, NJCopyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. From School Library Journal Grade 7 Up-A composer of classical music in a time of jazz and s