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.
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.
Justin Holland was also a leader in the work to establish an accepted Masonic lodge for black Americans.
writes of Holland's involvement with the Free Masons:
Holland was not solely
occupied with music but was also an active Mason after
joining Cleveland's Excelsior Lodge No. 11 in 1862.
He used his talents as a
linguist when he became a leader in the black Free
Masons (Prince Hall). Because American white
Masons did not consider the Prince Hall Masons to be
legitimate, Holland began corresponding with foreign
Masonic Lodges seeking recognition and support.
The Viennese Masonic magazine Der Freimaurer published
a biographical article about Holland in 1877.
Holland was also directly involved with the black activists of his time.
According to Douglas Black's liner notes:
Between the years 1848 and 1854 Holland participated as an assistant secretary and
member of council at National and State
Negro Conventions, where he worked
alongside such noted activists as Frederick
Douglass. He is known to have worked with
the Underground Railroad and was secretary in charge of the "Central American Land
Company", an organization which
unsuccessfully attempted to purchase
sufficient land in Central America to institute a
free black colony.
Barbara Clemenson writes:
colonization proved infeasible when it was opposed by
foreign diplomats of those countries, but in 1858 Haiti
offered free passage and aid for black settlers and
emigrants began moving there. Holland himself lived in
the West Indies during the Civil War, but evidently did
not find there the opportunities he expected for after
two years he returned to Cleveland.
We have prepared the Justin Holland sheet music as 3 collections of PDF files, containing scans of the original sheet music. (the first two collections are downloaded in "zip files" containing PDF files of all pieces. Zip files can be opened and extracted on almost all systems. The new third collection is downloaded as 4 PDF files.)
The first collection is Justin Holland's songs for voice and guitar and the second, his solo guitar works.
The third collection is our new offering of Justin Holland's complete method for guitar along with one his compositions "An Adante". All of these PDF files can be printed on any standard printer, using standard sized paper. All of the scans of the original sheet music have been graphically transformed into black and white images for the easiest printing.
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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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songs for voice and guitar
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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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Holland's Comprehensive Method
for the Guitar
"An Andante", a guitar composition
by Justin Holland
Scans of the complete Method, sections 1, 2 & 3 for the guitar and "An Andante" downloadable in PDF format and prepared for the easiest printing on standard sized paper.
This Method contains many unique original arrangements and compositions by
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The publishing house S. Brainard's list of published compositions by Justin Holland:
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Barbara Clemenson writes in her article in a journal of Case Western Reserve University, Justin Holland: Black Guitarist in the Western Reserve
**Guitarist Douglas Back in the liner notes for his recording which includes 5 pieces by Justin Holland