Holland (1819 - 1877) was an African-American classical musician,
guitarist, composer and arranger. It's safe to say that Justin
Holland was the one of the most important American guitarists
of his generation. He was perhaps, the first Black man to make
an important contribution to the classic guitar. He was also a leader in the work to establish an accepted Masonic lodge for black Americans.
Holland was born to free black parents in Norfolk County, Virginia
on 26 July 1819, the oldest or second oldest of farmer Exum Holland's
three sons and five daughters.The family lived near other free
blacks in a neighborhood which also included whites of moderate
means who owned a few slave families, and whites without slaves.
Tobacco had first been the principle crop in Norfolk County, however
over-production, depressed profits,and tobacco's depletion of the
soil had forced agricultural diversification; so the Hollands and
their neighbors most likely grew corn, cotton, Irish potatoes,
grass,or fruits and vegetables as cash crops on small farms.
Holland left Virginia for Massachusetts after his parents' deaths
in 1833.Justin went to Boston and met Senor Mariano Perez and began
the study of the guitar. Another of his music teachers was Simon
Knable, a member of Ned Kendall's Brass Band who taught Holland
the theory and the art of arranging.
this time Holland also undertook the study of flute with a Scotsman
named Pollock. In 1841 he entered Oberlin College in Ohio for another
two years of musical study. After some travel including a trip
to Mexico he returned to Ohio, married and settled in Cleveland.
Method, published in 1876, stands as one of the finest methods
for the guitar instruction published in America in the 19th century.
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Songs For Voice & Guitar
Dream Faces - Only To See Thee - Sweet Roses
Still I Love Thee (with 4 part chorus section) -
The Ship That Never Returned
When My Rover Comes Again (with 4-part chorus section)
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Works For Solo Guitar
La Prima Donna
Waltz - Webster's
Funeral March - Gertrude's
Dream Waltz - Delta
Kappa Epsilon March - See Saw Waltz
For Solo Guitar From Operas:
Du Regiment - Donizetti
Fra Diavolo - Auber Rigoletto -
Herold La Traviata -
Il Trovatore -
Verdi - Romeo & Juliet -
Tell - Rossini - Lucia
De Lammermoor - Donizetti Oberon -
Weber Sonnambula -
Bellini Martha -
Flotow - Lucrezia
Borgia - Donizetti
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