Saturday, March 10, 2012 “Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's setting of Longfellow's poem 'The Quadroon Girl' on YouTube”

[Robert Honeysucker]

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: The Quadroon Girl (8:16)
Uploaded by Longfellow Chorus on Mar 10, 2012

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's setting of Longfellow's poem "The Quadroon Girl" [Poems on Slavery, 1842], for baritone and women's chorus, was premiered in 1905 by the Norwich Music Festival Chorus. The American premiere took place in 1906 at the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington, DC, and was sung by the Samuel Coleridge-Taytor Choral Society, with Harry T. Burleigh (1866-1949) as baritone soloist.

The Longfellow Chorus and Orchestra made this recording during the 2010 Longfellow Choral Festival in Portland, Maine, February 27, 2010, with Robert Honeysucker, baritone soloist. Not successful in finding Coleridge-Taylor's original orchestration of the work, I orchestrated The Quadroon Girl during the summer of 2009 in the style of Coleridge-Taylor from the 1905 Breitkopf and Hartel piano vocal score.

This video is brought to YouTube by "The 2013 Longfellow Choral Festival: Longfellow & Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: The Complete 'Hiawatha,'" which will take place on March 16 & 17, 2013, in Portland, Maine, USA. More information at -- Charles Kaufmann, artistic director of The Longfellow Chorus.
[Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) is featured at Major observances of the Centennial of his death are underway and are the work of organizations including the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Foundation,]

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