Wilson, (Woodrow) Olly(1937– ) composer; born in St. Louis, Mo. After graduate work at the University of Iowa, he studied native music in Africa and taught at schools including Oberlin (Ohio) College and University of California: Berkeley (from 1970). He was a prominent composer in a modernist idiom, his music often reflecting his African-American background.
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