Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

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[Preliminary Entry] Born in 1875 in Croydon, London, Coleridge-Taylor was a widely renowned composer of classical music. His father was a doctor from Sierra Leone who left England and returned to Africa around the time of his son’s birth – henceforth the young Coleridge-Taylor was raised by his English mother, Alice Hare, and later his steptather. In 1898 he produced the two works which were to ensure his rise to fame. These were Ballade in A Minor, commisioned at the suggestion of Elgar for the Three Choirs Festival of that year, and the musical Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast, which set to music verses from the The Song of Hiawatha by the poet Henry Wordsworth Longfellow. Some of his subsequent work derived …

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Editors. "Samuel Coleridge-Taylor". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 August 2005
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