"Samuel Coleridge-Taylor in America" 3 Minute Mid-Production Trailer
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Published on Aug 21, 2012
"Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and his music in America" explores how this remarkable English composer left an untold yet indelible mark on American society. It will also explore the deeper, personal story of Coleridge-Taylor's journey to discover and honor his biracial identities. Full documentary due for release in March 2013.
As a celebrated, cultured person in the early 20th century, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875--1912) stood out as an international figure capable of bridging racial and social divides. Nowhere was this more valued than in the United States, where people of African descent were striving to gain equal access to education and opportunity in the decades following Reconstruction. To well-meaning people of all races and classes in America, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor symbolized a bright future, in which, above all, everyone would be recognized for their accomplishments.
Coleridge-Taylor exerted an important influence on the post-Reconstruction social politics of America as represented by such prominent African-Americans as W. E. B. Du Bois, Booker T. Washington, Paul Laurence Dunbar, numerous critics in black American newspapers, and composers and musicians from ragtime to classical.
This trailer features the 100th anniversary performance of Coleridge-Taylor's violin concert piece, "Keep me from sinkin' down," -- recorded at the Norfolk (CT) Music Festival on June 4, 2012 -- and a scene from our recreation of the historic 1903, 1904 and 1906 Hiawatha concerts held in the landmark Metropolitan A. M. E. Church, Washington, D. C. This trailer features Interviews with and performances by Rodrick Dixon, tenor; Wayne D. Shirley, former Library of Congress music librarian; violin soloist Lydia Forbes; The Orchestra of the Longfellow Chorus and its director, Charles Kaufmann; and Laverne Clark Goldman, long-time member of Metropolitan AME.
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