Verna Arvey In One Lifetime

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In One Lifetime

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This is the story of America's first Black composer of serious orchestal and operatic work. William Grant Still was the first Black composer in the US to have a symphony performed by a major symphony orchestra, the first to have an opera produced by a major company in America and the first to conduct a major American orchestra. True to the promise he carried forward from his remarkable parents and grandparents, he helped his generation to shape the world of music. His spiritual convictions, his explorations of the occult, his courage during dark periods, his relationships to the luminous names in music during his lifetime, his bond to a racially-mixed family and, through it all, his dedication to the music he believed in, come together in a fascinating tale of live, aspiration, intrigue, disappointment and triumph. It is told from the perspective of the woman who shared most of that life. It is a requiem, a love story, a log of a terrible and marvelous journey, a proclamation and a promise.

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Verna Arvey, Mrs. William Grant Still, was a pianist and journalist, largely for publications devoted to music and the dance. Author of 168 articles and three books including "Choreographic Music," published in the early forties by Dutton, "In One Lifetime," and "Senorita, Beware of Bandits." She married Still on February 8, 1939, had two children with him, and, was his publicist and librettist until his death. She produced the libretti for most of Still's operas and later vocal works. Born February 16, 1910 in Los Angeles, California and died November 22, 1987.

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