George Houston Bass

George Houston Bass' poetry has been set to music by composer Noel Da Costa.

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Born in Nashville, George Houston Bass studied mathematics at Fisk University before pursuing a graduate degree at Columbia University. While in New York, he met Langston Hughes and became interested in the arts, leading him to leave Columbia and study in the film school at New York University.

Bass was Langston Hughes secretary and literary assistant from 1959 to 1964. Bass also founded the Langston Hughes Society and The Langston Hughes Review.

In addition to his work continuing the legacy of Hughes, Bass wrote plays and worked in television. He began teaching at Brown University in 1970, where he founded the Rites and Reason Theater. He died suddenly of a heart attack in 1990.

–Christie Finn Source: Martha Mitchell’s article from the Encyclopedia Britannica

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Anthology of Art Songs by Black American Composers, Compiled by Willis C. Patterson

Composer(s): H. Leslie Adams, David Baker, Margaret Bonds, Charles Brown, Cecil Cohen, Noel de Costa, Mark Fax, Adolphus C. Hailstork, Eugene Hancock, Thomas Kerr, Jr., Charles Lloyd, Jr., Wendell Logan, Maurice McCall, Dorothy Rudd Moore, Undine Smith Moore, Robert Owens, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Florence Price, Hale Smith, William Grant Still, Howard Swanson, George Walker, Olly Wilson, John Work, Jr.

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