William Grant Still, “Afro-American Symphony: IV, Lento con risoluzione – Aspiration”

Please enjoy the fourth movement of William Grant Still’s “Afro-American Symphony, no. 1,” which I first encountered at a performance this past weekend at the LA Philharmonic during an evening commemorating the Harlem Renaissance.

Undoubtedly, the music is aspirational, highly moving, and utopian, reflecting the historical struggle for emancipation from white supremacy and authoritarianism: “the Not-Yet-Become, towards viable possibilities of the light” (Bloch).

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