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Debussy Riot: The life of African-American composer Undine Smith Moore

Debussy Riot: The life of African-American composer Undine Smith Moore

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s “journalist-in-residence,” Ricky O’Bannon, published a pretty interesting database on the BSO’s website a few months ago. He gathered the classical programs for the 2014-2015 season for 21 of the country’s largest symphony orchestras and entered data for each song performed into a huge spreadsheet so that it can be sorted by the composer’s name, the composer’s gender, and the composition date, among other things. It’s pretty fun to play around in, though there’s one depressing bit of information that becomes almost immediately obvious: The composers whose works major orchestras perform are...

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