H. T. Burleigh

H. T. Burleigh
Harry T. Burleigh
Short Name: H. T. Burleigh
Full Name: Burleigh, H. T. (Harry Thacker), 1866-1949
Birth Year: 1866
Death Year: 1949

Harry T. Burleigh (b. Erie, PA, 1866; d. Stamford, CT, 1949) began his musical career as a choirboy in St. Paul's Cathedral, Erie, Pennsylvania. He also studied at the National Conservatory of Music, New York City, where he was befriended by Antonín Dvořák and, according to tradition, provided Dvořák with some African American musical themes that became part of Dvořák's New World Symphony. Burleigh composed at least two hundred works but is most remem­bered for his vocal solo arrangements of African American spirituals. In 1944 Burleigh was honored as a Fellow of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada.

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Wikipedia Biography

Henry Thacker "Harry" Burleigh (December 2, 1866 – September 12, 1949), a baritone, was an African-American classical composer, arranger, and professional singer. He was the first black composer to be instrumental in the development of a characteristically American music and he helped to make black music available to classically trained artists both by introducing them to the music and by arranging the music in a more classical form.

Tunes by H. T. Burleigh (2)sort descendingAsInstances
ALSTONHenry Thacker Burleigh, 1866- (Composer)2
MCKEEHarry T. Burleigh (Arranged)83

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