William Grant Still

Learn more about Still

More shows about Still

Return to past shows list

Download this month's activity sheet

 
This program is available as a podcast.
Click here for more information or to subscribe.
 

William Grant Still
The Music of Freedom

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.

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.

true

false


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

guitar

banjo

ukelele

sitar


This Week's Show | Past Shows | Hear the Music | Games | Instruments of the Orchestra
Musical Dictionary | Schedule & Stations | Events | Links | Talk to Us | Help
Teachers | Parents | About Classics for Kids | Privacy Policy | WGUC | Home
©2014, Cincinnati Public Radio, Inc.