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Hall Johnson collection

Title
Hall Johnson collection, 1953-2001 (bulk 1953-1969).
Author
Preston, Madeline

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Folder 1Mixed materialUse in library Sc MG 811 Folder 1Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives

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Johnson, Hall, 1888-1970.
Description
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Summary
The Hall Johnson Collection contains a miscellaneous assortment of material including correspondence and news clippings regarding a workshop Johnson held in East St. Louis, Missouri in 1969; a letter to Katherine Dunham explains his need to give more time to the inexperienced chorus. There is a music book with some holographic music, a poem he authored "Changelessness" (1956), and a few notes. Collection also includes biographical notes and personal recollections written in 2001 by Madeline Preston, a friend and member of his choir, along with a letter Johnson wrote to her in 1956.
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Note
  • Photographs transferred to Photographs and Prints Division.
  • Audiotapes transferred to Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division.
  • Music transferred to Sheet Music Collection.
Source (note)
  • Floydean Kelley
Biography (note)
  • African-American composer, musician and arranger, Hall Johnson is best known as a choral director and for his arrangements of spirituals. In 1925 Johnson formed the Hall Johnson Negro Choir, which performed spirituals in the traditional style. The Hall Johnson Choir, which he organized in 1928, performed on Broadway in Marc Connolly's play "Green Pastures" (1930) for which Johnson was music director. Johnson was known for his compositions as well as the articles he authored that discussed the history of spirituals and their performance practice.
Call Number
Sc MG 811
OCLC
664883114
Author
Preston, Madeline, collector.
Title
Hall Johnson collection, 1953-2001 (bulk 1953-1969).
Biography
African-American composer, musician and arranger, Hall Johnson is best known as a choral director and for his arrangements of spirituals. In 1925 Johnson formed the Hall Johnson Negro Choir, which performed spirituals in the traditional style. The Hall Johnson Choir, which he organized in 1928, performed on Broadway in Marc Connolly's play "Green Pastures" (1930) for which Johnson was music director. Johnson was known for his compositions as well as the articles he authored that discussed the history of spirituals and their performance practice.
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Johnson, Hall, 1888-1970.
Research Call Number
Sc MG 811
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