Harry T. Burleigh, a baritone, composer and arranger, introduced Czech composer Anton Dvorak to African-American spirituals, and Dvorak’s “New World Symphony” quotes several of them as authentic American folk music. Burleigh also set to music the poetry of Langston Hughes and James Weldon Johnson, and his influence reached every great Black singer of the 20th century, as well as churches and choirs of every color, nationality and description. (Albany Times-Union)

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