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Bram Heemskerk

English/African composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) violinconcerto

August 31, 2008 at 8:16 AM


The English/African composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) with a father from Sierra-Leone and a mother from the UK, born in the UK wrote a violinconcerto opus 80 in G minor in 1912.
Coleridge-Taylor composed a violin concerto for the American violinist Maud Powell, the American performance of which was subject to rewriting because the parts were lost - the legend says the RMS Titanic but they went on another ship. It has been recorded by Philippe Graffin and the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Anthony Marwood and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Martyn Brabbins (on Hyperion Records) and Lorraine McAslan and the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Nicholas Braithwaite (on Lyrita). The concerto was also performed at Harvard University's Sanders Theatre in the fall of 1998 by John McLaughlin Williams and William Thomas as part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the composition of Hiawatha's Wedding-Feast. (source Wikipedia)
Here some fragments for people who are interested:

From Stephen Brivati
Posted on August 31, 2008 at 10:27 PM
Greetings,
I play and teach his violin sonata. Its a good alternative to the Dvorak Sonatina if yoiu wnat soething around the same level. Very original in places.
Cheers,
Buri
From Terez Mertes
Posted on September 1, 2008 at 4:52 PM
Love it! Thanks for posting it, Bram. Beautiful music. I'm off to check out getting the Graffin recording - I'm a fan of his playing.

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