Randall Goosby - Roots

Album cover art for upc 028948516643
Label: DECCA
Catalog: 4851664
Format: CD

Xavier Dubois Foley 1. Shelter Island* Coleridge‐Taylor Perkinson: Blue/s Forms for Solo Violin 2. i. Plain Blue/s 3. ii. Just Blue/s 4. iii. Jettin’ Blue/s George Gershwin, from Porgy and Bess 5. Summertime 6. A Woman is a Sometime Thing 7. It ain’t necessarily so 8. Bess you is my woman now William Grant Still: Suite for violin and piano 9. i. African Dancer 10. ii. Mother and Child 11. iii. Garmin Florence Price 12. Adoration* 13. Fantasie No.1 in G minor* 14. Fantasie No.2 in F# minor* Samuel Coleridge‐Taylor arr. Maud Powell 15. Deep River Antonín Dvořák: Sonatina in G major 16. i. Allegro Risoluto 17. ii. Larghetto 18. iii. Scherzo and Trio 19. Finale: Allegro

‘Roots’ is an exploration of the music written by Black composers and inspired by Black American culture A homage to the pioneering musicians who paved the way for Randall and his generation Looking to the future with a specially commissioned piece by young Black composer Xavier Dubois Foley World premiere recordings of music by Florence Price that was rescued from an abandoned house over half a century after her death The Perlman protégé celebrates his own journey and shows young people that music can inspire regardless of background Produced by 2021 GRAMMY Producer of the Year, David Frost Features a brand new piece written specially for Randall by his close friend Xavier Dubois Foley, about a trip they took together to Shelter Island Coleridge‐Taylor Perkinson (1932‐2004) wrote his Blue/s Forms for violinist Sanford Allen, who was the first Black member of the New York Philharmonic Jascha Heifetz’s virtuosic violin transcriptions from George Gershwin’s (1898‐1937) Porgy and Bess William Grant Still (1895‐1978) was the first American composer to have an opera produced at NY City Opera Florence Price (1887‐1953) once wrote: "I have two handicaps, I am a woman and I have some Negro blood in my veins." She made history as the first African‐American woman to have her music performed by a major US orchestra in 1933, but after her death her music faded into obscurity. In 2009 manuscripts of her music were rediscovered and saved from destruction from an abandoned house in Illinois. Randall gives two of these pieces their first recording. Maud Powell (1867‐1920) was America’s first internationally acclaimed violinist, known for championing music by women and Black composers including her transcription of Samuel Coleridge‐Taylor’s Deep River Antonín Dvořák’s (1841‐1904) ‘Sonatina’ was written when the composer was staying in New York and uses themes drawn from Native American melodies and Negro Spirituals.

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