Harry T. Burleigh: From the Spiritual to the Harlem Renaissance


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University of Illinois Press
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6.2 X 9.4 X 1.4 inches | 0.02 pounds

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About the Author

Ethnomusicologist Jean E. Snyder has taught in Kenya and Zambia, and at several colleges and universities in western Pennsylvania.


"Dr. Snyder is a good storyteller. Her words flow easily across the page and assure the reader that a rewarding journey lies ahead. . . . Snyder is to be congratulated for her biography of "this grand old man," and her efforts demand the immediate attention of readers."--The American Organist

Jean E. Snyder's brilliant encyclopedic evaluation of the life and legacy of Harry Thacker Burleigh reveals an intriguing lode of personal and professional detail about the iconic singer whose seminal influence in American compositional history is appreciated today by precious few.--George I. Shirley, Grammy Award winner and Director of the Vocal Arts Division, University of Michigan
"By incorporating the unique perspective offered by members of Harry T. Burleigh's family, Jean Snyder makes a valuable and much-needed contribution to the literature on one of the greatest African-American musical figures of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Moreover, Snyder's work is timely since it coincides with the Burleigh sesquicentennial celebration."--Samuel A. Floyd, Jr., author of The Power of Black Music: Interpreting Its History from Africa to the United States

"The definitive biography of Burleigh... worth reading for anyone interested in the cultural life of African American communities in the "Promised Land" after the Civil War... a worthy addition to any library, personal or institutional, that collects information about black music and important figures in African American history."--Black Grooves

"In prose that is both accessible and detailed, Snyder has written a biography that will appeal not just to musicologists and Burleigh specialists, but also to anyone wanting to learn more about the contributions of this historically significant musician, mentor, and activist."--Notes

"In addition to a detailed account of Burleigh's relationships with his contemporaries, his complex marital life, and his successful performing career, Snyder provides valuable musicological analysis of Burleigh's compositions and arrangements. Highly recommended."--Choice