By Anthony McDonald

In 1983, Ronald Reagan signed into legislations a federal vacation to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. 3 years later, the vacation was once first officially saw through the government. in keeping with the turning out to be variety of musical celebrations surrounding the vacation, Anthony McDonald released in 1996 the 1st variation of The Catalog of tune Written in Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Now, greater than a decade seeing that its moment variation in 1999, McDonald provides his definitive 3rd variation of the catalog.

McDonald organizes details on tune compatible for live performance performances by way of symphony orchestras, university song departments, church choirs, or solo performers, together with works that remember not just Martin Luther King Day, yet Black historical past Month besides. His decisions include musical paintings written to honor King, in addition to different americans engaged within the fight for equality and freedom akin to Abraham Lincoln, Malcolm X, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, and John F. Kennedy. McDonald additionally accommodates works that extra largely handle African American heritage and tradition, akin to William furnish Still’s Afro-American Symphony. This 3rd version encompasses a significant variety of revisions, updates, and new paintings and contains completely new sections dedicated to jazz and blues songs, pattern courses of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day concert events, and a discography, in addition to appendixes of works indexed through orchestration, topic, and a listing of publishers and sources.

A Catalog of track Written in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr. is the fitting software for symphony orchestras, choruses, track departments, and different acting teams and firms looking to current concert events that remember Martin Luther King Jr., his legacy, and African American historical past extra broadly.

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