Monday, December 9, 2013

John Malveaux: 'MusicUNTOLD thank and acknowledge Dominique-René de Lerma for unpreceded scholarly research in the field of Music.'

Dominique-René de Lerma

John Malveaux of writes:

The history and achievements by people of African descent in classical music has been minimized and neglected in educational curriculum, media, and classical music institutions with few exceptions. Nevertheless, through the lifetime and tireless commitment of writers such as JA Rogers, James Monroe Trotter, Eileen Southern, Raoul Abdul,  Dominique-René de Lerma, and numerous others, this remarkable history is available for any to learn with detailed documentation. As MusicUNTOLD seek to heighten awareness of achievements by composer, pianist, and educator George Walker in support of National Association of Negro Musicians and NAACP recognition, i am reminded of the critical importance of research and documentation. Of the mentioned writers/authors/scholars that i met through the library many years ago, all of them are now deceased except Dominique-René de Lerma who remain available as a giant resource for specific information not only about people of African descent but the entire genre of classical music and connecting jazz. We, the public, have the immediatee benefit of his research along with future generation. MusicUNTOLD thank and acknowledge Dominique-René de Lerma for unpreceded scholarly research in the field of Music. Please see his Curriculum Vitae
John Malveaux

Comments by email:

1. Oh goodness!  John, this is a very kind gift for my 85th birthday and, while we all certainly must appreciate peer recognition more for our efforts than for ourselves, I must confess your generosity nonetheless spurs me on.  Yet we cannot lose the perspective nor ignore the barriers.  Still, I thank you most profoundly!
Dominique-René de Lerma

2. Dear Dominique, 

What a wonderful, wonderful tribute, and one which is very well deserved! I am so proud of you, and so grateful your friendship, your knowledge, and your very important body of work. I can't wait to share this with our friends at Spark Media, and with Josh. 

I promote a lot of concerts in the DC area. One of my good friends, a wonderful Russian violinist, has a chamber ensemble and presents a season of concerts every year. I just spoke with him two days ago. He is developing his season for next year and shared with me that he is strongly considering a concert devoted to African American composers, and that he wanted to include and feature music by George Walker. He is working on concept right now, with repertoire to follow, but I told him that if he needs and cannot find information on composers or rep, or if he needs a suggestion for either, that he could not possibly find anybody more knowledgeable than you!

Thanks so much for sharing this tribute, Dominique! It makes me very happy!

Best, Jane [Jane Coyne]

3. My comment/statement  of recognition was an understatement that did not include your compositional contributions such as your edition of Scena from Ernestine (Chavelier de Saint-Georges) and Requiem Mass (José Mauricío Nunes Garcia).
Thanks, John [John Malveaux]

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