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Swing Along: The Musical Life of Will Marion Cook

Marva Carter


Renowned today as a prominent African-American in music theater and the arts community, composer, conductor, and violinist Will Marion Cook was a key figure in the development of American music from the 1890s to the 1920s. This book looks at his life’s story, drawing on his unfinished autobiography and his wife Abbie’s memoir. A violin virtuoso, Cook studied at Oberlin College (his parents’ alma mater), Berlin’s Hochschule für Musik with Joseph Joachim, and New York’s national Conservatory of Music with Antonín Dvořák. Cook wrote music for a now-lost production of Uncle Tom’s Cabin for the Chi ... More

Keywords: African-American music, American music theater, black composer, black musical comedies, Southern Syncopated Orchestra, Sidney Bechet, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Duke Ellington, orchestral concert jazz

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195108910
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195108910.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marva Carter, author
Georgia State University