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Guide to BIPOC musicians and related literature

This guide supports research on the musical traditions and scholarship of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) individuals and groups.


Below is a small selection of items to give you a general idea of the kinds of scores the music library has, organized by instrument/ensemble. 

Jump to: Orchestral Music, Chamber Music, Keyboard MusicVocal Music: Solo and ChoralPercussion MusicString MusicWind Music, Brass MusicAnthologies

Orchestral Music

Boulogne, Joseph. Violin Concerto in D, Op. 3 No. 1. Wellington: Artaria Editions, 2002.

Coleridge-Taylor, Samuel. Ballade in A Minor, Op. 33. Edited by Nancy M. Bradburd. Boca Raton, FL: E.F. Kalmus, 2001.

Esmail, Reena, and Shankar Tucker. Clarinet concerto. Los Angeles, California, 2020.

Esmail, Reena.Vishwas. III, Testament : for orchestra. California: [A Piece of Sky Music], 2019.

Fairouz, Mohammed.Tahrir : for clarinet in B♭ and orchestra. New York: Peermusic Classical, 2013.

Fung, Vivian. Biennial Snapshots : for Full Orchestra. New York, NY: Vivian Fung Music, 2015.

Golijov, Osvaldo, and Rosalía de Castro. Lúa descolorida : for soprano and strings. Universal Edition, 2001.

Kim, Earl, and Itzhak Perlman. Violin concerto. Malvern, PA: Theodore Presser Company, 2021.

Kim, Earl. Dialogues : for piano & orchestra.  King of Prussia, Pa: Theodore Presser Company, 2017.

León, Tania. Horizons: For Orchestra. New York: Peermusic, 1999.

Montgomery, Jessie. Coincident dances : for orchestra. New York: Jessie Montgomery Music Publishing. 2019

Price, Florence. Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3. Edited by Rae Linda Brown and Wayne Shirley. Middleton, Wis: A-R Editions, 2008.

Simon, Carlos. Amen! : for orchestra - double wind version. S.l: Csjr. Music, 2017.

Walker, George. Concerto for trombone and orchestra. Saint Louis, Missouri : Lauren Keiser Music, 2020.

Walker, George. Da Camera: For Piano Trio and String Orchestra with Harp, Celesta, Percussion & Optional String Ensemble, (2008). Maryland Heights, MO: Lauren Keiser Music, 2008.

Chamber Music

Coleridge-Taylor, Samuel. Piano Trio in E minor. Mallorca: Soundpost Publishing, 2005.

D'Rivera, Paquito. Aires Tropicales: For Woodwind Quintet. Englewood, NJ: Havana-New York Music, 1994.

Esmail, Reena. Feritas : for Trumpet Sextet. Pasadena, CA : A Piece of Sky Music, 2020.

Enriquez, Manuel. Cuarteto III. Munich: Edition Modern, 1978.

Frank, Gabriela Lena. Leyendas: an Andean Walkabout: For String Quartet. New York: G. Schirmer, 2005.

Fung, Vivian. Chanted Rituals : for trumpet/Flugelhorn and 2 Percussion. Brooklyn: Vivian Fung Music, 2017.

Fung, Vivian. Shaman Speaks : for Clarinet Ensemble. New York, NY: Vivian Fung Music, 2021.

Fung, Vivian. String Quartet No. 4 : Insects and Machines. Brooklyn: Vivian Fung Music, 2019.

Gnattali, Radamés. Suite Retratos: Pour Deux Guitares. Paris: H. Lemoine, 1987.

Golijov, Osvaldo. Yiddishbbuk: Inscriptions for String Quartet. Boston, MA: Ytalianna Music, 2001.

Kim, Earl. Earthlight, Romanza for High Soprano, Violin Con Sordini, Piano, and Lights. Hillsdale, N.Y: Mobart Music Publications, 1978.

León, Tania. Indígena : for large chamber ensemble. New York: Peermusic Classical,  2017

Owens, Robert. Idomeneo-Quartett: für Oboe, Violine, Viola und Violoncello: Op. 93. Salzgitter: Ostinato-Musikverlag, 2006.

Perry, Zenobia Powell, and Jeannie G. Pool. War time : from the opera Tawawa House : 2 trumpets, snare & bass. Jaygayle Music, 2013.

Simon, Carlos. Elegy : for saxophone quartet. Brooklyn: Csjr. Music, 2020.

Singleton, Alvin. Apple : for clarinet quartet. Mainz: Schott, 2014.

Singleton, Alvin. Woodwind quintet. Mainz: Schott, 2013. 

Singleton, Alvin, et al. Et nunc : for alto flute, bass clarinet, and double bass. New York: Schott, 2016.

Yi, Chen. Not Alone & Happy Birthday to Prism: For Saxophone Quartet. Theodore Presser Company, 2017.

Keyboard Music

Dett, R. Nathaniel. In the Bottoms: For Solo PianoBoca Raton, Fla.: Masters Music Publications, 2000.

Frank, Gabriela Lena, and Gabriela Lena. Frank. Sonata andina : for piano. New York, NY: G. Schirmer, Inc., 2014.

Huang, Ruo. Tree Without Wind: For Solo Piano. London: Ricordi, 2016. 

Huang, Ruo. Inscribed : for sheng and violoncello. London: Ricordi, 2020.

Joplin, Scott. Complete Piano Works. Edited by Vera Brodsky Lawrence. New York: New York Public Library, 2010.

León, Tania. Pet’s suite : for flute and piano. New York: Peermusic Classical, 2017.

Louie, Alexina. I Leap Through the Sky with Stars: For Solo Piano. Toronto: Gordon V. Thompson, 1994.

Nyaho, William H. Chapman, ed. Piano Music of Africa and the African Diaspora. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Perry, Zenobia Powell, and Zenobia Powell Perry. Orrin and Echo : for piano solo. La Crescenta, CA: Jaygayle Music, 2020.

Price, Florence, and Calvert Johnson. Suite no. 1 for organ. Edited by Calvert Johnson. Fayetteville, AR: ClarNan Editions, a division of Classical Vocal Reprints, 2020.

Singleton, Alvin. Mutations : for solo piano. Mainz: Schott, 2016.

Singleton, Alvin.  Inside-out : for piano 4-hands. European American Music, 2011.

Smith, Joseph, ed. Four Early 20th Century Piano Suites by Black ComposersNew York: G. Schirmer, 1997.

Still, William Grant. Bells: Two Pieces for Solo Piano. Flagstaff, Ariz: William Grant Still Music, 2011. 

Walker, George. Prelude ; and Caprice : for piano. Maryland Heights: Lauren Keiser Music Publishing, 2008.

Walker, George. Spektra: For Piano. General Music Pub. Co., 1972.

Walker-Hill, Helen, ed. Black Women Composers: A Century of Piano Music (1893-1990). Bryn Mawr, PA: Hildegard, 1992.

Vocal Music: Solo and Choral

Andreo, Dante, ed. Hispanoamerica: Música de la Época Virreinal. Segovia: Federacíon Coral de Castilla y León, 1992.

Bonds, Margaret. Three Dream Portraits: Poems from The Dream Keeper. New York: Ricordi, 1959.

Coleridge-Taylor, Samuel, and Christina Georgina Rossetti. 6 Sorrow Songs : for High Voice : Op. 57. London: Augener, 1906.

Fairouz, Mohammed, and Judson Evans. Four Haiku Poems and Panopticon : for Tenor and Piano. New York: Peermusic, 2011.

Fung, Vivian. Sanci Kuni : for Mixed Chorus a Cappella. Brooklyn: Vivian Fung Music, 2017.

Garcia, José Maurício Nunes, Sigismund Ritter Von Neukomm, and Marcos Portugal. Real Capela do Rio de Janeiro, 1808-1821 : Obras Sacras. Edited by Ricardo Bernardes. Rio de Janeiro: Funarte, 2002.

Nicholas, John, trans. Billie Holiday: Original Keys for Singers: Vocal/PianoMilwaukee, WI: H. Leonard Corp, 2002.

Price, Florence, and Barbara Garvey Jackson. Communion Service : in F for SATB Choir and Organ. Edited by Barbara Garvey Jackson. Fayetteville, AR: Clarnan Editions, 2015.

Simmons, Margaret R., and Jeanine Wagner, eds. A New Anthology of Art Songs by African American Composers. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 2004. 

Taylor, Vivian, ed. Art Songs and Spirituals by African-American Women Composers. Bryn Mawr, PA: Hildegard Publishing, 2005. 

Walker, George. Ev’ry Time I Feel de Spirit : for High Voice and Piano. St. Louis, MO: Lauren Keiser Music Publishing,  2008.

Walker, George, Joyce Mathis, Walter J. Turnbull, and Warren Wilson. Cantata for Soprano, Tenor, Boys Choir, and Chamber Orchestra. St. Louis, MO: Keiser, 2008.

Wilson, Kathleen L., ed. The Art Song in Latin America: Selected Works by Twentieth-Century Composers. Stuyvesant, NY: Pendragon Press, 1998.

Percussion Music

Abe, Keiko. Michi: For Marimba. Ft. Lauderdale, FL: Music for Percussion, 1979.

Fung, Vivian. The Voices Inside My Head: For 3 Percussionists (2014)New York: Bill Holab, 2014.

Ho, Vincent. Nostalgia: VibraphoneWellington, N.Z., Promethean Editions, 2012.

Sierra, Roberto. Bongo-0: (Bongo-zero): For Bongos. Verona, NJ: Subito Music, 2004.

Walker, George, et al. Bleu : for vibraphone. [George Walker], 2014.

String Music

Davis, Anthony. Violin Sonata for Violin and Piano. New York: G. Schirmer, 1995.

Kim, Earl, and Itzhak Perlman. 12 Caprices for Solo Violin. Cambridge, Mass: Palindrome Press, 1988.

Lavista, Mario. “Natarayah : Para Guitarra.” México, D.F: Ediciones Mexicanas de Música, 1999.

Lavista, Mario. Quotations: Para Cello y PianoLa Habana: Musica de Nuestra America, 1980.

Montgomery, Jessie. Rhapsody no. 2 : for solo viola. New York: Jessie Montgomery, 2021.

Singleton, Alvin. Helga: For Violin, Viola and Cello. New York: Schott, 2003.

Romero, Aldemaro. Suite for Cello and PianoMilano, Italien: A.A.A. Prologo srl, Cesano Boscone, 1976.

Wind Music

Cáceres, Germán. Cinco Deploraciones: Para Flauta Sola (1988). Havana, Cuba: Casa de las Américas, 2000.

Coltrane, John. The Music of John ColtraneMilwaukee, Wis: Hal Leonard, 1991.

Esmail, Reena. The whole story : sonata for oboe and piano. United States: Piece of Sky Music, 2004

Fairouz, Mohammed. Three novelettes : for alto saxophone and piano. Massachusetts?: Radnofsky Couper Editions, 2010

Grigson, Lionel, ed. A Charlie Parker Study Album. London: Novello, 1989.

Lavalle, Armando. Sonata Para Piano y Oboe. México : Liga de Compositores de México, 1983.

Lavista, Mario. Canto del alba. Mexico: Ediciones Mexicanas de Musica, 1980.

Brass Music

Davis, Miles. StandardsMilwaukee, WI: H. Leonard, 2001.

Fung, Vivian. Indigenous Rites: Concerto for Baritone, Saxophone and Brass Band (2013). Brooklyn, NY: Bill Holab Music, 2015.

Fung, Vivian. Rhapsody for trumpet and piano. California?: Vivian Fung, 2017.

Marsalis, Wynton. Ballads. Transcribed by David Pugh, David Pearl, and Tom Toriello. Miami, FL: Warner Bros. Publications, 1997.

Singleton, Alvin, et al. Vous compra : for trumpet and piano. New York: Schott, 2021.