William Grant Still

William Grant Still Exhibition

New York World's Fair
Handy and
Still at World's Fair

This work was the result of a commission to write the theme song for the 1939 New York World's Fair. The selection committee in searching for a composer listened to recordings on file at C.B.S. radio without knowing who the composer was. The judges narrowed their choices to two works Lenox Avenue and A Deserted Plantation, which turned out to be by the same composer, William Grant Still. The theme song, Rising Tide, was played continually in the Perisphere, which was the central structure and principal symbol of the fair.

Rising Tide p. 1 Rising Tide p. 2

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Materials from Special Collections Library, Duke University

A project of The Digital Scriptorium, Special Collections Library, Duke University. September 1995