Samuel Coleridge-Taylor lived only 37 years. Nevertheless, he was highly prolific and achieved a place of prominence in the early decades of the 20th century. His upward path is also a milestone in a society of Victorian values, in recognising a black composer a place among the most remarkable peers of his time.
Alan Shulman was born in the USA into a family emigrated from the Russian empire and grew up surrounded by music, where his character as a child prodigy stands out. As a cellist he played in the best American orchestras and formed the mythical Stuyvesant Quartet. As an arranger, he worked with Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald. As a composer in his own right, and despite a brilliant academic career and regular contact with the most important composers of the last century, his work is still to be discovered and explored.
This concert proposes the expansion of our horizons as listeners, rediscovering two composers whose masterpieces lack greater dissemination and with both works likely to be national premieres. It is also a testimony to the vivacity of the languages of the 20th century, presented in a fantastic blending of string quartet with clarinet.
SAMUEL COLERIDGE-TAYLOR (1875-1912)
Clarinet Quintet, Op.10
ALAN SHULMAN (1915 – 2022)
60 minutes, Duration
Chamber Music Group
Laurentiu Simões e Helena Duarte, Violins
Ângela Silva, viola
Mikhail Shumov, cello
Rui Travasso, clarinet
Informations: T: 289 878 908
Orquestra Clássica do Sul e Teatro Lethes , Organization