Saturday, June 30, 2012

Naira Underwood, violinist, on Coleridge-Taylor work: 'it was a quite enlightening experience to be able to play such a work'

[Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912)]

A documentary promo for a March 2013 film, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor in America, has been posted on YouTube:

“Samuel Coleridge-Taylor in America, Documentary Promo (7:32)
One hundred years ago, African-British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) was not only one of the world's major musical figures, he also exerted an important influence on the post-Reconstruction social politics of America as represented by such prominent African-Americans as WEB Du Bois, Booker T. Washington, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, numerous critics in black American newspapers, and composers and musicians writing and performing ragtime to classical.”

Those who speak on the video include Charles Kaufmann, Artistic Director, The Longfellow Chorus; Rodrick Dixon, tenor; and Naira Underwood, violinist. Ms. Underwood says “This is my first time hearing and performing any work by Coleridge-Taylor, and it was a quite enlightening experience to be able to play such a work that integrates so many different cultural elements in a classical work...”

[Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) is profiled at, which features a comprehensive Works List and a Bibliography by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma, We are collaborating with the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Foundation of the U.K.,]

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