Thursday, November 26, 2009

Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson's 'Statements: Sonata No. 2 for piano' on John Cheek's CD, JRI 115

[ABOVE: Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson Conducting the New Black Music Repertory EnsemblePhoto courtesy of the Center for Black Music Research, Columbia College, Chicago BELOW: “Circa 1980: Works for Solo Piano by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson and Donald Martino”; JRI 115 (2007)]

The following paragraph on the music of Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson (1932-2004) is excerpted from this Nov. 25, 2009 post:
“This composer deserves way more attention than he got in his lifetime: Coleridge-Taylor "Perk" Perkinson: Three Miniatures for flute and piano. The 1st piece to which I was exposed was Perk's flute sonata; however, there's no recording available as far as i can tell. Perkinson artfully merges his African-American heritage with Impressionism, neo-classicism, and various 20th century styles. If posterity is fair, you'll be hearing more Perkinson as the years pass. In addition, I have to give a shout out to pianist John Cheek, who introduced me to Perkinson's music. He has a great recording of Perkinson and Martino that includes Perk's Statements: Sonata No. 2 for piano.” [Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson is profiled at, where a Works List and Bibliography by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma are found]

Comment by email
Thanks for circulating the news here. I will order this right away. I warmly remember the late Coleridge-Tayor Perkinson discussing with me some issues with Karen Walwyn’s performance of this work on the CD Dark Fires. I was rather impressed by the strength of this sonata and its neo classical leanings. There is another recording by Anthony Padilla which I quite like. I think this sonata (and possibly his first) have the potential of going ‘mainstream’ they are good! Mike S. Wright

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