"My Lord, What a Mornin'"
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About the Composer: Henry “Harry” Thacker Burleigh played a major role in the development of American art music in the 20th Century, having composed a diverse repertoire of over two hundred works. He was the first black composer instrumental in developing characteristically American music, and made black music available to classically trained artists both by introducing them to traditional spirituals and by arranging them in a European-classical style. Burleigh also introduced famed composer Antonin Dvořák to Black American music, which influenced some of his (Dvořák’s) most famous compositions and led him to say that Black American music is the basis of the American classical music sound. In addition, Burleigh was an accomplished baritone, meticulous music editor, and charter member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).