Sunday, August 30, 2009

Dr. Dominique-René de Lerma says CD of 'Sonata for Flute and Harp' of Saint-Georges is a First

[Le Salon de Musique de Marie-Antoniette; Ambroisie AM179 (2009)]

On August 27, 2009 AfriClassical posted: “Telegraph: 'Sonata for Flute and Harp' of Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges 'is a work of Gallic charm'”. We quoted a review in which Geoffrey Norris of the British newspaper The Telegraph called the CD Le Salon de Musique de Marie-Antoniette “classical CD of the week.”

Three tracks of the CD are devoted to a
Sonata for Flute and Harp of Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799), who is profiled at We were unaware of any other recording of the work. Dr. Dominique-René de Lerma, Professor of Music, Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin is a musicologist who has specialized in the classical compositions of composers of African descent for four decades:

Yes, this work has not been previously recorded. It betrays a characteristic of Saint-Georges re voice leading, which I solved by the addition of a cello (not an unusual practice of the time). It was thus performed by Anthony Elliott (cello), D. Antoinette Handy (flute), and Geneva Southall (piano) at our Minneapolis conference in 1975.

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