Music by Black Composers (MBC) is a signature program of the Rachel Barton Pine Foundation.
Young classical musicians seldom, if ever, have the opportunity to study and perform music written by Black composers. Music by Black Composers (MBC) will supplement the current instrumental training methods by publishing books of music exclusively by Black composers from around the world. Each orchestral instrument, starting with the strings, will be the subject of multiple volumes, graded by difficulty from beginner to advanced concerto-level playing. Each volume will also include biographies for every composer, feature articles on Black music making throughout history, and profiles of Black role models in music, past and present.
In its ever-expanding efforts to cultivate diversity in classical music, MBC is also creating an online database which will provide information about works written by Black composers. The database will contain facts about each composer and about individual pieces, information about where to find the music, links to recordings, and more. Other online resources include a bibliography of publications about Black classical music making, and a directory of living composers for those commissioning new works or simply seeking information. Additional pedagogical materials include a coloring book that will feature 40 of the most important Black composers from the 18th-21st centuries, and a timeline poster that will feature more than 250 Black composers from around the world.
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