Music Notes 

February 23, 2021

This Sunday’s prelude will be a beautiful setting by the African American composer Marques L.A. Garrett (b. 1984) of the Spiritual “Give Me Jesus.” Dr. Garrett is in demand as a choral conductor, clinician, and vocal performer. As a researcher, he especially focuses on the non-idiomatic music by black composers and has given many workshops and lectures showcasing this underrepresented area of music. He has received commissions for compositions from a variety of organizations, including the Westminster Choir College Jubilee Singers, Seraphic Fire, the University of New Hampshire Concert Choir, and the Clark Atlanta University Philharmonic Society. He is currently Assistant Professor of Music in Choral Activities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and sings with First-Plymouth Congregational Church (Lincoln, NE).

This Sunday’s postlude “Festal March” was composed by Florence B. Price (1887-1953) who also composed February 14’s prelude “A Quiet Mood.” (see Feb 10 Herald). Price was born and grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas. She enrolled in the New England Conservatoryof Music at 15 and graduated at 18 with an Artist’s Diploma in organ and a Teacher’s Diploma in piano. After some time back in Little Rock, and then Atlanta, she and her family settled in Chicago where she was recognized as a gifted organist, concert pianist, studio teacher and nationally recognized composer. One of her piano students was Margaret Bonds, with whom she later developed a close, life-long friendship, each supporting and nurturing the other’s musical and compositional gifts.


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