John D. Carter Research

From Dr. Robards’ 2012 Dissertation on John D. Carter:

“I began to consider the possibility of investigating the life and music of John Carter as a result of my interest in the music of African-American composers and my familiarity with Carter’s Cantata for voice and piano. I had heard the work in performance and had performed it several times myself, always finding it to be rewarding artistically and pleasing to audiences.

“I also knew that there was a certain amount of mystery associated with Carter’s life. It seems that the Cantata was his only widely known composition, and even those who had performed the piece seemed to know little about his life. The more I searched, the more this was verified and my own curiosity was piqued. I came to the conclusion that a study of John Carter would be a worthwhile contribution to the community of performers, composers, and scholars who enjoy art song, spirituals, American music, and in particular, African-American music.”

Click on a link below to read more:

  1. Abstract
  2. Table of Contents
  3. Complete Dissertation

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