Collection of Cyril Creque Scores and Publications

Institution: Columbia College Chicago - Center for Black Music Research
618 South Michigan
Chicago, Illinois 60605
Phone: (312) 369-7586
Date: 1934-1959
Extent: 1 Linear Feet
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Biographical/Historical Note:
Cyril Creque, poet, composer, and Health Department officer, was born on St. Thomas (then the Danish West Indies) in 1899. He attended the best schools available on the island, and, as was a common practice at the time, continued his education by correspondence. Creque earned a diploma from the University Extension Conservatory of Chicago, Illinois, in 1938. His life-long career, however, was with the Health Department. He began as a clerk in 1919 and attained the post of administrative officer before retiring in 1950. Yet, despite his claims that music and poetry were but hobbies, Creque made recognized contributions to the cultural life of his homeland. He often lauded the virtues of music and poetry (including both European “masters” and local works) in print and in a monthly radio show he hosted with his son on station WSTA in St. Thomas. As one of the forerunners of the Virgin Islands poetic tradition, Creque is listed in Who's Who in American Poetry. His poetry was published in two collections, Trade Winds, in 1934, and Panorama, in 1947. Creque also gave piano lessons and served as church organist for both the Memorial Moravian Church and the Frederick Evangelical Lutheran Church, of which he was a member. His songs reflect his patriotism and his love for the Virgin Islands. Major musical works are “From Mark of the Yoke,” written in honor of the centennial of the abolition of slavery in the Virgin Islands in 1848, and “The Upward Way (A Patriotic Song of the V.I.).” He died in 1959.

Scope and Content Note:
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