A sequel to the award-winning The Black Composer Speaks (Scarecrow Press, 1978), this exploration of the creative world of African American composers traces the lives and careers of 40 talented individuals and, in their own words, provides perspectives on a world that has been slow to recognize their remarkable contributions to classical music. Each chapter is devoted to an individual composer, who discusses his or her musical training, compositional techniques and style, and the composer's personal philosophy as reflected in his or her music. A selected list of compositions for each composer is included, as well as a photo and sample of the composer's hand.
William C. Banfield currently holds the Endowed Chair in Humanities and Fine Arts at the University of St. Thomas. He is also Director of the American Studies program and Associate Professor of music, teaching composition, and other courses that examine popular music and culture.