At 100, Composer Margaret Bonds Remains A Great Exception

Mar­garet Bonds, who died in 1972, is per­haps near the top of the very short list of African-American female com­posers. Thanks to her part­ner­ships with Langston Hughes and soprano Leon­tyne Price and oth­ers, she’s remem­bered in some cir­cles as an impor­tant fig­ure in Amer­i­can com­po­si­tion. But, mostly, she’s been forgotten.”

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