Harry T. Burleigh, a baritone, composer and arranger, built a bridge between European classical music and African-American spirituals, notably in Antonin Dvorak’s “New World Symphony.” Burleigh also set to music the poetry of Langston Hughes and James Weldon Johnson, and his influence reached nearly every great Black singer of the 20th century, as well as churches and choirs of every color and description. (Albany, New York Times-Union)

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