Harry T. Burleigh

From the Spiritual to the Harlem Renaissance

 

Chapter 9: Burleigh's Singing Career

 


 
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  Figure 1: Sissieretta Jones, about 1896—page 143. Burleigh's appearances with Sissieretta Jones soon after his arrival in New York City helped to make him known as "the foremost baritone of the race." Photograph, the Granger Collection, New York.  


 
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  Figure 2: June 15, 1892 Sissieretta Jones program sponsored by the Sons of New York—page 142. "The audience . . . went wild as Mr. H. T. Burleigh came upon the stage. Mr. Burleigh being a prime favorite, as well as one of the best baritones this city has known since [Marie Selika's husband] Sampson Williams left these shores." Program courtesy of Gino Francesconi, Carnegie Music Hall.  


 
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  Figure 3: Recital program given at St. Paul's Parish House in Erie, when he returned to Erie in May 1908 as he and his wife were preparing for their first trip to London, England, where Burleigh would sing for English royalty and nobility—page 148. This is typical of Burleigh's recital programs. Note the first group of German Lieder, followed by a group of plantation songs, arranged by Burleigh, and songs by his American and European contemporaries. Program courtesy of the Burleigh family.  


 
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  Figure 4: R. Augustus Lawson, who accompanied Burleigh in several recitals in Hartford, Connecticut—page 152. Photo from Augustus Lawson Papers, Connecticut Historical Society.  


 
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  Figure 5: R. Augustus Lawson—page 152. Photo from Augustus Lawson Papers, Connecticut Historical Society.  


 
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  Figure 6: Handwritten review of an Augustus Lawson recital with his wife, Ida Napier Lawson, at Fisk University, in the hand of Ella Sheppard Moore, one of the original Fisk Jubilee Singers, first page—page 152. Letter in the Augustus Lawson Papers, Connecticut Historical Society.  


 
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  Figure 7: Handwritten review of an Augustus Lawson recital with his wife, Ida Napier Lawson, at Fisk University, in the hand of Ella Sheppard Moore, one of the original Fisk Jubilee Singers, second page—page 152. Letter in the Augustus Lawson Papers, Connecticut Historical Society.  


 
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  Figure 8: Burleigh, Jennie Asenath Robinson and tenor Roland Hayes—at Fisk University in May of 1915—page 159. Burleigh sang the title role in Mendelssohn's Elijah and Roland Hayes sang the tenor solos. Robinson, who had deplored Hayes's singing with the Fisk Jubilee Singers when he was a student at Fisk, was happy to welcome him back after he had become known for appearing with renowned classical singers such as Burleigh.  

 

 

 

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