Coleridge-Taylor Danse Negre from the African Suite Op. 34, No. 4 transcribed for Concert Band by Mike Shaw

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Danse Nègre is the last of the four movements that make up the African Suite, Op. 35 (proceeded by Introduction, A Negro Love Song, and Valse). This work, originally for piano, has been meticulously transcribed for concert band by Mike Shaw.


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<p>Samuel Coleridge-Taylor was born in Holborn, London on August 15, 1875 and died from pneumonia at the age of 37 in Croy-
don, England on September 1, 1912.  At an early age his grandfather began teaching him how to play the violin. His musical 
ability was obvious and at the age of 15, his extended family arranged for Taylor to study at the Royal College of Music. While at 
RCM he changed from violin to composition, working under professor Charles Villiers Stanford. His classmates included Ralph 
Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst. He was later helped by Edward Elgar in 1898, who described Coleridge-Taylor as “far and 
away the cleverest fellow going amongst the young men.”  By 1896, Coleridge-Taylor was earning a reputation as a composer and 
was also accepted as an excellent conductor. In 1898 at the age of 23 he composed the African Suite. Danse Nègre is the last of 
the four movements that make up the African Suite, Op. 35 (proceeded by Introduction, A Negro Love Song, and Valse).
Coleridge-Taylor saw it as his mission in life to help establish the dignity of the black man. He was greatly influenced by black 
American poet P. L. Dunbar. He made three successful visits to the United States to great acclaim. In 1904, on his first USA tour 
he was received by President Theodore Roosevelt at the White House. Above all, though, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor was known as 
a man of great dignity and patience.</p>

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