The Oxford Book of
Choral Music by
Black Composers

A landmark new collection presenting the first ever comprehensive historical overview of this underrepresented area of choral music. This unique anthology seeks both to improve representation in the historical canon and to showcase the music of some of the best names in choral music today.

35 pieces for SATB choir, unaccompanied or with piano or organ

Mixture of sacred and secular works including anthems, madrigals, motets and part-songs

Music from the sixteenth century right up to the present day

Composers from around the world including Brazil, Canada, Portugal, the United Kingdom and the United States

Several pieces published here for the first time

Commentary and biographical information for each piece and composer

What’s inside?

Compiled and edited by Dr. Marques L. A. Garrett, this collection is an invaluable resource for choral directors and music educators alike. Based on his own research, the music included in the collection aims to provide an introduction to this underrepresented area of choral music.

About the author

Dr. Marques L. A. Garrett is an established conductor, educator, and composer, and is currently Assistant Professor of Music in Choral Activities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. As a leading scholar in the area of non-idiomatic choral music by Black composers, he has presented sessions on this topic at conferences throughout the United States and abroad.

"This collection is an excellent introduction to this often-overlooked music."

– Dr. André J. Thomas, National President of the American Choral Directors Association

"Dr. Garrett’s research is an outstanding and critical contribution to choral musicians in the 21st century."

– Dr. Brian A. Schmidt, Associate Professor of Choral Music and Director of Graduate Choral Studies, Baylor University

How to buy

Spiralbound and Paperback versions of this landmark anthology are available to purchase from OUP or your preferred music retailer.

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