Book ticket to a concert celebrating the works of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.
Listen to his master works, including two of his early works for orchestra and a soloist – the Ballad in D minor op. 4 and Zara’s earrings op. 7.
Dvorak: Legends op. 59 nos. 7 & 9
Coleridge-Taylor: Ballade in d minor for violin and orchestra op. 4
Coleridge-Taylor: Novelette op. 52 no. 1
Coleridge-Taylor: Zara’s Earrings, for soprano and orchestra op. 7
Coleridge-Taylor: Petite Suite de Concert op. 77
Violin: Leon Human
Soprano: Sera Baines
Book here: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Orchestra Concert – Morley College
About the composer:
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor was deeply involved with African American networks, counting amongst his friends W. E. B. Dubois, Frederick Loudin, Booker T. Washington and Paul Laurence Dunbar, whose poems he set to music. In works such as ‘Symphonic Variations on an African Air’, he sought to integrate the melodies of African American spirituals within the classical music tradition. Like Brahms, Dvořák or Grieg, Coleridge-Taylor was participating in the nineteenth-century trend of musical nationalism. Despite his popular successes, he had been prevented from reaping the financial rewards as he died at age 37 of pneumonia. With public support, a memorial concert was held at the Royal Albert Hall which raised significant funds for his family, and his widow Jessie was granted a pension from the King. Later, his daughter became a composer-conductor and his son worked to ensure his father’s music was performed after his death.