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William Grant Still
Afro-American Symphony

The Afro-American Symphony

William Grant Still wanted to put the sound of the blues into a symphony. His Afro-American Symphony is centered on a bluesy theme. Still took that theme and did something entirely different with it in each of the Symphony's four movements.

The Music of Freedom
The songs that helped the slaves escape to the north, as well as others that celebrate freedom.

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William Grant Still : Afro-American Symphony

Classics for Kids Quiz

1. In music, the word BLUES means

changing certain pitches in a scale

writing on blue paper

sad music

2.Each movement in the Afro-American Symphony is based on the same theme.



3. The third movement of the Afro-American Symphony uses what unusual orchestral instrument?





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