But in times of great adversity heroes arise, from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks to the many thousands of peaceful protesters of all races who are left out of headlines today. Composers are there too who continue to preach a consistent message of hope through classical music, who encourage people of all backgrounds to Hold Fast to Dreams.
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2. Duke Ellington – Three Black Kings: No. 3 Martin Luther King – Duke Ellington was one of the greatest artists in jazz history, but he also composed for the orchestra. His ballet suite Three Black Kings was the final score he composed; left unfinished at his death, the piece was completed by his son Mercer.
7. Scott Joplin – Treemonisha: Act I: We’re goin’ around (A Ring Play) – Scott Joplin is remembered almost exclusively as the greatest composer of ragtime piano, but he aspired to much more. He composed two operas, but unfortunately only the second, Treemonisha, has been found, and that only in a vocal and piano version. It finally received its first complete performance in 1972, fifty-five years after his death.
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