Piano Music by African-American Composers
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR629     Release Date: 2007-01-01
Natalie Hinderas, piano


Natalie Hinderas was born in 1927 in Oberlin, Ohio. Though her great-grandparents were slaves, her grandparents were successful entrepreneurs, in the hotel and restaurant business. Their daughter Leota Palmer, Natalie’s mother, received the finest education a middle-class Black woman could at the time and went on to serve on the piano faculties of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Oberlin Conservatory. Musicians who came to Oberlin were frequent guests in the family home. It was there that Natalie began piano studies at age six with her mother and also first met composer R. Nathaniel Dett. At age eight, she entered Oberlin as a special student and that same year appeared in her first solo piano recital. She made her debut with orchestra, at age twelve, with the Cleveland Women’s Symphony in the Grieg Piano Concerto. Composer George Walker, whose music Natalie would later champion, was a teenage member of that audience. Following her graduation at Oberlin in 1945, she continued her studies at the Juilliard School of Music with Olga Samaroff and at the Philadelphia Conservatory with Edward Steuermann. Also while at Juilliard, she studied composition with Vincent Perschetti.

It was through concerts at American colleges and universities beginning in 1968 that Hinderas became widely associated with music of African-American composers. Artist manager Joanne Rile, a long-time friend of the late pianist, states that Hinderas gave these types of programs: all traditional repertoire; a combination of traditional repertoire in the first half with music by Americans including works by Black composers after intermission; and all music by Black composers. Hinderas, with her mother, who also advised her on programming, and Rile gave considerable attention to what terminology should be used in billing the concerts. They settled finally on using the term “Black,” though as Rile recalls, “Black was beautiful but it was still revolutionary to say so.”


This title, originally issued on the CRI label, is now available for order from New World Records as an on-demand CD (CD-R). It can also be downloaded in MP3/320, FLAC and/or WAV format(s).

Natalie Hinderas

Piano Music by African-American Composers

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In the bottoms: I. Prelude
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In the bottoms: II. His Song
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In the bottoms: III. Honey
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In the bottoms: IV. Barcarolle
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In the bottoms: V. Dance
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