Classically Black, part I

A playlist of some of the earliest known music by African-American composers writing in the traditions of European classical music.

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Newport Gardner, 1746-1826.

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Francis Johnson (1792-1844).

“The Wildflower Wreath” by Aaron J.R. Connor (d. 1850), sung by the great African-American tenor George Shirley:

More Blind Tom Wiggins: