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William Grant StillWilliam Grant Still was successful in breaking down musical barriers that saw him become the first Afro American to conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl in 1936. His style was to let his music and compositions do the talking hence I have only found 3 William Grant Still quotes for your perusal.
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: William Grant Still
  • Born: 11th May 1895, Woodville, Mississippi, USA
  • Died: 3rd December 1978, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Occupation: Composer and conductor
  • Notable achievements: Receiving two Guggenheim Fellowships
  • Movie scores: Pennies from Heaven (1936) and Lost Horizon (1937)
  • Best known for: His 5 symphonies and 8 operas

"My arrangement did not sound well. But who knows how it will sound on the air tonight tells the tale"

William Grant Still

"I harbor no delusions as to the triviality of Blues, the secular folk music of the American Negro"

William Grant Still

"I seek in the 'Afro-American Symphony' to portray not the higher type of colored American, but the sons of the soil"

William Grant Still





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