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Nora Holt (c.1885-1974)

Nora Douglas Holt (1885 or 1890–1974), born Lena Douglas, was an American singer, composer and music critic, who was born in Kansas and was the first African American to receive a master’s degree in the United States. She composed more than 200 works of music and was associated with the leading figures of the Harlem Renaissance and the co-founder of the National Association of Negro Musicians. She died in 1974 in Los Angeles.

from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nora_Holt

Due to a theft in the 1920’s, all but two of her compositions were lost: “Negro Dance” for piano and a song, “The Sandman.”

 

For More Information:

Nora Holt’s Obituary
http://www.nytimes.com/1974/01/30/archives/nora-holt-dead-music-critic-89-joined-amsterdam-news-in.html

Nora Holt
http://daily.redbullmusicacademy.com/2017/06/nora-holt-feature

Churchill, Suzanne W., and Adam McKible. Little Magazines & Modernism: New Approaches. Ashgate Pub., 2007.

Nora Douglas Holt (1885 or 1890–1974), born Lena Douglas, was an American singer, composer and music critic, who was born in Kansas and was the first African American to receive a master’s degree in the United States. She composed more than 200 works of music and was associated with the leading figures of the Harlem Renaissance and the co-founder of the National Association of Negro Musicians. She died in 1974 in Los Angeles.

from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nora_Holt

Due to a theft in the 1920’s, all but two of her compositions were lost: “Negro Dance” for piano and a song, “The Sandman.”

 

For More Information:

Nora Holt’s Obituary
http://www.nytimes.com/1974/01/30/archives/nora-holt-dead-music-critic-89-joined-amsterdam-news-in.html

Nora Holt
http://daily.redbullmusicacademy.com/2017/06/nora-holt-feature

Churchill, Suzanne W., and Adam McKible. Little Magazines & Modernism: New Approaches. Ashgate Pub., 2007.