Samuel Coleridge Taylor (1772-1834)

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Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1772-1834) was a composer and political activist.He called himself an Anglo-African and fought against race prejudice all his short life. He incorporated black traditional music with concert music, with such compositions as African Suite, African Romances and Twenty Four Negro Melodies. The 1st performance of Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast was described by the principal of the Royal College of Music as ‘one of the most remarkable events in modern English musical history’, also acclaimed US. He died of pneumonia, under stress from struggling to support his family.

 

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