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These are some possible suggested terms of art and music for those who wish to add some variety to AO's regularly scheduled terms.

Picture Study

1700's Casta Paintings

AO Advisory member Wendi Capehart has put together some artwork by Miguel Cabrera, Jose Juaquin Mangon, Juan Rodruiquez Juarez, and Morlete Ruiz. More information on her blog.

Another possibility: Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937; American) Especially notable: The Banjo Lesson

Angelica Kauffman (1741-1807; Swiss-Austrian Neoclassical)
   1. Hector Calls Paris to the Battle, 1775 The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia
   1. Design, 1778-1780 Royal Academy, London from a series, The Four Elements, that also includes Invention, Composition, and Colour
   1. Beauty Directed by Prudence, Wreathed by Perfection, 1780
OR Beauty, Directed by Prudence, Rejects with Scorn the Offering of Folly, 1780
   1. Scene with Miranda and Ferdinand, 1782, Belvedere, Vienna
OR Valentine Rescues Silvia in 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona,' 1789
   1. Self-portrait of the Artist hesitating between the Arts of Music and Painting, 1794, Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire
   1. Christ and the Samaritan Woman at the Well, 1796, Neue Pinakothek, Munich, Germany

Edward Mitchell Bannister (1828-1901; Canadian-African Hudson River Painter) Info
   1) Moon Over Harbor, 1868
   2) Newspaper Boy, 1869, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
   3) Train, 1875-1880, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
   4) Driving Home the Cows, 1881, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
   5) River Scene, 1883, Honolulu Museum of Art
   6) Palmer River, 1885

Composer Study

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor 1875-1912; African-British. His mother was an English woman and his father was a Sierra Leone Creole physician. Coleridge-Taylor achieved such success that he was referred to by white New York musicians as the "African Mahler" when he had three tours of the United States in the early 1900s. He was named after the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and was so taken with Longfellow's Hiawatha that he not only composed music for it, but named his son Hiawatha!

1894 Nonet in F Minor, Op 2
      1 Allegro energico *
      2 Andante con moto *
      3 Scherzo: Allegro *
      4 Finale: Allegro vivace *

1898 Hiawatha's Wedding Feast, from The Song of Hiawatha, Op. 30 *
The entire Song of Hiawatha:
      Overture *
      Hiawatha's Wedding Feast *
      The Death of Minehaha *
      Hiawatha's Departure *

1898 Ballade in A Minor for Orchestra Op 33 *

1904 24 Negro Melodies Op 59, especially no. 10, Deep River. "After his tour, Coleridge-Taylor picked up his composing pen and created a series of 24 Negro Melodies for violin and piano, writing in the preface, 'What Brahms has done for the Hungarian folk music, Dvorak for the Bohemian, and Grieg for the Norwegian, I have tried to do for these Negro Melodies.'"
      Deep River *

1904 4 African Dances Op 58 (violin and piano)
      1 in G min: Allegro *
      2 in F maj: Andante molto sostuneto e dolce *
      3 in A maj: Allegro con brio *
      4 in D min: Allegro energico *

1906 Symphonic Variations on an African Air, Op 63 *

1911 Petit Suite de concert, Op 77 *

He also compiled a popular medley of Christmas tunes: Christmas Overture Op 74

Another possibility: William Grant Still (1895-1978; American)

"Often referred to as 'the Dean' of African-American composers, Still was the first American composer to have an opera produced by the New York City Opera. Still is known most for his first symphony, the "Afro-American," which was until the 1950s the most widely performed symphony composed by an American."

Florence Price (1887-1953; American)

The first African-American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer, and the first to have a composition played by a major orchestra. Works include Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Symphony No. 4 in D minor, two violin concertos, and 5 Folksongs in Counterpoint. She also set Paul Laurence Dunbar's poem "Sympathy" to music ("I know why the caged bird sings").

Amy Beach (1867-1944; American)

The first successful American female composer of large-scale art music. A major compositional success came with her Mass in E-flat major, which was performed in 1892, and a successful song called Ecstacy. Beach followed this up with an important milestone in music history: her Gaelic Symphony, the first symphony composed and published by an American woman. It premiered October 30, 1896. In 1900, the Boston Symphony premiered Beach's Piano Concerto, with the composer as soloist. Her Quintet for piano and strings in F-sharp minor, from 1905, had well over forty performances, in dozens of cities, over the radio, and by many string quartets. Variations on Balkan Themes, Beach's "longest and most important solo" piano work, was composed in 1904. It responded to revolts in the Balkans against the then ruling Ottoman Empire. (This was pieced together from Wikipedia.)


AmblesideOnline schedules Langston Hughes, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and Phillis Wheatley as part of its regular line-up. You may also wish to look into:

Countee Cullen (1903-1946)