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Robert Nathaniel Dett

Born: Oct 11, 1882

Death: Oct 2, 1943

Birthplace: Niagara Falls

Profession: Musician

Nationality: Canada

Robert Nathaniel Dett

Date of Birth : Oct 11, 1882
Date of Death : Oct 2, 1943
Birth Place : Niagara Falls

Robert Nathaniel Dett, often known as R. Nathaniel Dett, was a composer in the United States and Canada. During his lifetime he was one of the most successful black composers, known for his use of folk songs and spirituals for choral and piano compositions in the romantic style. He was among the first Black composers during the early years of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. His works often appeared among the programs of Will Marion Cook's New York Syncopated Orchestra. Dett himself performed at Carnegie Hall and at the Boston Symphony Hall as a pianist and choir director.


  • Musician
  • Composer

Also known as

  • R. Nathaniel Dett
  • R. Nathaniel Dett
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