Hall Johnson: His Life, His Spirit, and His Music

Hall Johnson: His Life, His Spirit, and His Music

by Eugene Thamon Simpson

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810860384
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 02/15/2008
Pages: 404
Product dimensions: 6.55(w) x 9.36(h) x 1.14(d)

About the Author

Eugene Thamon Simpson is the Founding Curator of The Hall Johnson Collection and is professor emeritus of Voice and Choral Literature at Rowan University of New Jersey.

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
A Historical Account     1
Roots
Academic Preparation
The Instrumental Years, 1910-1925
The Birth of the Hall Johnson Negro Choir, 1925-1930
The Ascendancy of the Professional Choir, 1930-1951
Triumph in Berlin
Concert Touring in the United States
The Final Years, 1952-1970
Independence of Spirit
Struggle with Alcoholism
The Burden of Interpersonal Demands
Personal Relationships
Professional Friends and Associates
Organizational and Promotional Skill and Breadth of Concepts
Influence on Choral and Vocal Music and Musicians in America
The Hall Johnson Choir: Star of the Silver Screen     107
Eminence among Movie Choirs
The Chronology of the Hall Johnson Film Legacy
Major Movie Stars the Hall Johnson Choir Appeared With
The Role and Scope of the Hall Johnson Choir in Its Films
The Music of Hall Johnson     139
Methodology Employed in Listing
The Complete Works of Hall Johnson
Extended Works
Literary Expression     223
The Essays of Hall Johnson
The Letters of Hall Johnson
The Poetry of Hall Johnson
Personal Recollections     327
John Morrison
Helen Duesberg
Arthur Bryant
Louvenia Pointer
John Motley
Thomas Carey
William Warfield
Elijah Hodges
Madeline Preston
S. Carroll Buchanan
George Royston
Shirley Verrett
John Patton Jr.
Discography     345
Selected Bibliography     355
Index     357
About the Author     371

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