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Composition in Black and WhiteThe Life of Philippa Schuyler$
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Kathryn Talalay

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780195113938

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195113938.001.0001

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Felipa Monterro y Schuyler

Felipa Monterro y Schuyler

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(p.221) 30 Felipa Monterro y Schuyler
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Composition in Black and White
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Kathryn Talalay

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195113938.003.0031

The foundation of Josephine's belief that her brilliant interracial child would be able to overcome the barriers of American segregation was a failure, although Philippa was a well-known role model for African American women, the doors to the white-dominated classical music arena remained resolutely closed in America. When Philippa performed in Texas, at the Southern University in 1949, Philippa hoped some of the Cogdells would come hear her perform. But there were only ten whites in the audience, including three white music critics. In the middle of March 1963, Philippa landed in Lisbon and five days later, she opened a bank account under the name of Felipa Monterro y Schuyler. She has no scheduled concerts in Lisbon but through connections, she had the chance to perform two unofficial recitals for the director of the Music Conservatory.

Keywords:   American segregation, classical music, Southern University, Cogdells, Felipa Monterro y Schuyler, Music Conservatory

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