The Forgotten Story of One of the Most Influential Figures in American Music
by Craig von Buseck
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Pub Date 07 Jan 2014 | Archive Date 20 May 2014
We shouldn't be surprised when we see God use the ordinary to accomplish the incredible. We should be inspired.
From the depths of near obscurity at the turn of the last century, a young African American man rose to fame through those ordinary things--listening to his grandfather sing the old slave songs as he lit the streetlamps, sweating through a rented suit during an audition, having a chance meeting with a musical legend as he was mopping the halls of his school. Through the seemingly insignificant pieces of life, God led Harry T. Burleigh along the path to fame, and through him preserved the songs that would form the basis of a uniquely American music.
Now Harry T. Burleigh, once world-renowned for his career as a beautiful baritone soloist, an arranger of Negro spirituals, and a composer in his own right, is lifted out of obscurity once more by Craig von Buseck. This inspiring true story will take you back in time to Southern plantations and Northern boom towns, to minstrel shows and soaring sanctuaries, and into the heart of a man who never suspected that God had destined him for greatness.
"Mr. von Buseck's book, Nobody Knows, reads like a good novel, and yet he balances this colorful historical narrative with reliable scholarship. I love being taken by surprise, particularly when being introduced with such clarity to a historical figure of my own country, a pioneering spirit, one of those rare musical types that gave the soul of this nation its voice."--David Teems, author ofMajestie: The King Behind the King James Bible and Tyndale: The Man Who Gave God an English Voice
"This is an important book for people interested in American music, the Episcopal Church, and African American cultural life. Harry Burleigh was a star--he brought light to a vast number of people--his art was shared in Jewish and Christian communities, in New York City, Martha's Vineyard, and so many places. He was a man of deep feeling and ability who shared his gifts in all directions."--Rev. Tom Pike, former rector of St. George's Episcopal Church in New York City