LIFT EVERY VOICE

Composer: J. Rosamond Johnson

John Rosamund Johnson (b. Jacksonville, Flordia, August 11, 1873; d. New York, New York, November 11, 1954) was one of the more important figures in black music in the first part of the 20th century, usually in partnership with Bob Cole or with his brother James Weldon Johnson. While he is chiefly remembered today as the composer of the Black National Anthem, "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing," he had a varied career as a pianist, songwriter, producer, soldier, singer, and actor. J. Rosamond Johnson began playing the piano at age four, studied at the New England Conservatory and with Samuel Coleridge-Taylor in London. He may have performed in 1896 with Isham Jones' Oriental America show in New York. By the end of the 19th century, Johnson… Go to person page >

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Title: LIFT EVERY VOICE
Composer: J. Rosamond Johnson (1921)
Meter: Irregular
Incipit: 34566 66716 54456
Key: G Major
Copyright: Public Domain

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