CBS Records' Black Composers Series


The College Music Society, in conjunction with the Center for Black Music Research, released CBS Records' Black Composers Series in 1987. The Series, recorded by Columbia Records between 1974 and 1979, is available as a boxed set of nine vinyl long-playing records. An informative booklet describing both the music and the lives of the composers is included.

The Black Composers Series, an important component of the documentation of Black achievement in western culture, contains music written by Black composers during the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries, and, in part, demonstrates the working out of the Black aesthetic in the western concert music tradition over a two-hundred-year period. Composers whose work is presented are T.J. Anderson, David Baker, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Roque Cordero, Jose Mauricio Nunes Garcia, Adolphus Hailstork, Talib Rasul Hakim, Ulysses Kay, the Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Hale Smith, Fela Sowande, William Grant Still, George Walker, Jose White, and Olly Wilson. The works in the Series are performed under the direction of Paul Freeman by major symphony orchestras of the United States and Europe, and by some of the world's leading concert artists.

The reissue of CBS Records' Black Composers Series by The College Music Society was made possible by a grant from the Ford Foundation.


Volume One
Side I
Chevalier de Saint-Georges: Symphony No.1 in G Major, Opus 11, Number 1 and String Quartet Number 1 in C Major, Opus 1, Number 1
Side II
Chevalier de Saint-Georges: Symphonie Concertante in G Major for Two Violins and Orchestra, Opus 13

Volume Two
Side III
William Grant Still: Afro-American Symphony
Side IV
William Grant Still: "What Does he Know of Dreams" and "You're Wonderful, Mary" from Highway 1, U.S.A.
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: "Onaway! Awake, Beloved" from Hiawatha's Wedding Feast and Danse Negre

Volume Three
Side V
Ulysses Simpson Kay: Markings
Side VI
George Theophilus Walker: Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra

Volume Four
Side VII
Roque Cordero: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
Roque Cordero: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (conclusion) and Eight Miniatures for Small Orchestra

Volume Five
Side IX and Side X
Jose Mauricio Nunes Garcia: Requiem Mass

Volume Six
Side XI
Jose White: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
Side XII
David Baker: Sonata for Cello and Piano

Volume Seven
William Grant Still: Sahdji (Ballet for Orchestra and Chorus)
Side XIV
Fela Sowande: African Suite
George Theophilus Walker: Lyric for Strings

Volume Eight
Side XV
Olly Woodrow Wilson: Akwan
Side XVI
Thomas Jefferson Anderson: Squares
Talib Rasul Hakim: Visions of Ishwara

Volume Nine
George Theophilus Walker: Piano Concerto
Adolphus Hailstork: Celebration!
Hale Smith: Ritual and Incantations