The life and career of the African-American composer William Grant Still qualifies as the
quintessential American 'success story.' Often referred to as the 'dean of African-American
composers,' Still rose from humble beginnings to work as an arranger while studying composition
with Chadwick and Varèse. Still embraced the blues, spirituals, jazz, and other ethnic American
musics within classical forms. Wood Notes musically depicts Still's love of nature. Symphony No.
2, the last of a trilogy of works depicting the African-American experience, presents the vision of an
integrated American society, while Symphony No. 3 describes a spiritual 'day in the life' of a devout
worshipper. This disc completes the Naxos cycle of William Grant Still's Symphonies.