Julia Perry’s Violin Concerto Revealed

Julia Perry’s Violin Concerto Revealed

By Dr. Liane Curtis On Dec. 2, 2022 I had the opportunity to hear – more than hear, of course, to experience — the Experiential Orchestra in New York City (you will recall that EXO brought us the magnificent recording of Ethel Smyth’s The Prison, which won a...
COTM: Julia Perry

COTM: Julia Perry

Composer of the Week – Julia Perry by Elizabeth de Brito Conductor, violinist, pianist, singer, teacher, composer – this multi-talented woman ushered in a new era of neoclassicism with her wonderful compositions. As the revised edition of her Violin Concerto receives...
COTM: Julia Perry

Happy Birthday Julia Perry

Today would have been American composer Julia Perry’s 92nd birthday. Perry was one of the first African American composers to gain acclaim – and establish a career in composition.  Her music was largely neoclassical, but also included experimentation with...

Grieving and healing: Julia Perry’s “Stabat Mater”

The U.S. continues to mourn the massacre of nine African Americans in a South Carolina church.  At the Rev. Clementa Pinckney’s funeral service, President Barack Obama drew on the healing power of words melded with music, as he sang “Amazing Grace.”  This was a...

Julia Perry: Neoclassicism at its Best

We’ve featured American composer Julia Perry (1924-1979) on this blog before, but the excellence of her music—and the neglect it still faces—bears more mention. Born in Ohio, Perry received support from her parents for her musical endeavors from an early age.  A...