Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Chamber Music at the Scarab Club, in Downtown Detroit, Performs 3 Movements of Coleridge-Taylor's 'Fantasiestücke for String Quartet' at 7 PM Sunday, June 2

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Chamber Music
Fantasiestucke for String Quartet, Op. 5 (20:55)

Five Negro Melodies for Piano Trio (18:10)

Nonet in F Minor (26:40)
Coleridge Ensemble
AFKA SK 543 (1998)

WRCJ 90.9 FM in Detroit has been announcing that music of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912), the Afro-British composer and conductor whose death Centennial was celebrated in 2012, will be performed in Downtown Detroit on June 2, 2013 as part of 

The performers are: Maurice Draughn, harp; Brian Bowman, bass clarinet
Velda Kelly, violin; Andrew Wu, violin; Scott Stefanko, violin; and Nadine Deleury, cellist.  Nadine Deleury noted that the work is dedicated to Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, and informed us that three of the five movements of the Fantasiestucke for String Quartet, Op. 5 will be performed: Humoresque; Minuet & Trio; Dance.

Fantasiestucke for String Quartet, Op. 5 has been recorded by The Coleridge Ensemble on the CD pictured above, AFKA SK 543 (1998).  The late William Ethaniel Thomas is the cellist and author of the scholarly liner notes.  One of the violinists is John McLaughlin Williams, the GRAMMY-winning conductor who is also a multi-instrumentalist and who makes his home in Southeast Michigan.  Maestro Williams has devoted years of research to the works of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Philippa Duke Schuyler and other composers and musicians of African descent.

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) is profiled at, which features a comprehensive Works List and a Bibliography by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma,  Here is his entry on the Coleridge-Taylor work from which the Scarab Club concert pieces have been selected:

Fantasiestücke, string quartet, op. 5 (1895). London: Augener, 1921. (#10555; Augener's edition, 7207). 1. Prelude in E minor; Allegro ma non troppo; 2. Serenade in G; Andante molto; 3. Humoresque in A minor; presto; 4. Minuet and trio; Allegro moderato, in G; 5. Dance in G; Vivace. Dedication: Sir Charles Stanford. Library: Library of Congress (parts).

Bill, please note that the complete parts to C-T's Fantasiestücke can be downloaded legally without cost at IMSLP. There may be fans of your blog who would want to acquire the music for study or performance.  [John McLaughlin Williams]

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