The Music of Dvorak, Still,
Price & Dawson

This DuPage Symphony Orchestra video has been created as an introduction to symphonies of Antonin Dvořák, William Grant Still, Florence Price and William Dawson. All four symphonies are inextricably linked to African American folk tunes, church hymns and spirituals.   


Nearly 40 years later, Dvořák’s prediction that African American folk songs would underpin American nationalist music was proven true with the premieres of the first symphonies of three African American composers:  William Grant Still 1931 by the Rochester Philharmonic, conducted by Howard Hanson, Florence Price 1933 by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Frederick Stock, and William Dawson 1934, by the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Leopold Stokowski. 

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