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Kids Commute: 'In The Bottoms' Week!

Canadian-American composer, Robert Nathaniel Dett

This week on Kids Commute, we’re listening R. Nathaniel Dett's characteristic suite, "In The Bottoms."

The piece has five movements, each depicting a different aspect of life for Black folks living in and around river “bottoms,” or river beds of the Mississippi River in the American South.

I. Prelude (Night)
II. His Song
III. Honey (Humoresque)
IV. Barcarolle (Morning)
V. Dance (Juba)

Nathaniel Dett had an illustrious career, studying at prestigious institutions such as Oberlin, Harvard and the Eastman School of Music, teaching at and founding the School of Music at acclaimed HBCU Hampton University in Virginia, and writing many influential pieces, including his "Magnolia" suite and oratorio, "The Ordering of Moses."

Dett is remembered most for classical music compositions that incorporated elements of African-American folk songs and spirituals.

KC 'In The Bottoms' Week! - MONDAY: I. Prelude (Night)
By R. Nathaniel Dett, performed by William Chapman Nyaho
KC 'In The Bottoms' Week - TUESDAY: II. His Song
By R. Nathaniel Dett, performed by William Chapman Nyaho
KC 'In The Bottoms' Week - WEDNESDAY: III. Honey (Humoresque)
By R. Nathaniel Dett, performed by William Chapman Nyaho
KC 'In The Bottoms' Week - THURSDAY: IV. Barcarolle
By R. Nathaniel Dett, performed by William Chapman Nyaho
KC 'In The Bottoms' Week! - FRIDAY: V. Dance (Juba)
By R. Nathaniel Dett, performed by William Chapman Nyaho

This week's pieces are performed by William Chapman Nyaho — learn more about him on Classical Sprouts!

We're hanging out with this acclaimed Ghanaian-American pianist as we learn about some of his favorite composers of African descent!

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Kate Botello is a host and producer at Classical IPR.
Emily Duncan Wilson is IPR's digital content manager and is the producer of "Classical Sprouts" and "Kids Commute".