Composer William Grant Still Jr (1895-1978) was the first American composer to have an opera produced by the New York City Opera. Although primarily known for his first symphony, Afro-American Symphony (1930), his catalogue includes five symphonies, eight operas, and four ballets, as well as chamber music and art songs. Due to his collaboration with prominent Black literary and cultural figures, Still is considered to be part of the Harlem Renaissance movement.

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