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Featured Composer: Harry Thacker Burleigh

Harry Thacker Burleigh (1866-1949) is perhaps best known as both a baritone and a composer of art songs and concert spirituals. Burleigh was stylistically influenced through both his own cultural background and his studies with Antonin Dvořák at the National Conservatory of Music, often drawing upon spirituals and other American melodies in his music.

His major solo piano work, From the Southland (published in 1914) was written for a fellow American composer, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. These beautiful pieces set six poems written by his wife Louise Alston Burleigh, and feature writing suitable for intermediate and advanced students.

Learn more about Burleigh at the Harry T. Burleigh Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to performing and advancing the work of Burleigh.


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