Analysis Of The Afro-American Symphony

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Music is one of the most expressive forms of art and can tell of a story, of an experience, a place, or any number of ideas. The Afro-American Symphony by William Grant Still demonstrates the opposition of sorrow and enjoyment in the lives of African Americans through the contrasting themes of the movements in the symphony, which encompasses a range of the African American experience. The slow paced second movement of the symphony, with its minor tendencies and wailing qualities of the oboe solos, conveys the sorrow and hardships of African Americans during the Harlem Renaissance. A major contributor to the harsh racism against African Americans stemmed from the Jim Crow laws of the South. These laws were made with the underlying thought

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