Tomorrow (Sunday, May 20) is my Maud Powell performance! I’ll be near Atlanta at the @madisonculturalcenter in Madison, GA, playing works dedicated to and arranged by Maud Powell with pianist Matthew Hagle. Here’s one of the reasons why Maud is my musical hero:
Maud Powell was the first White instrumentalist of any instrument to champion the work of Black composers and to include negro spirituals as part of her recital programs. She was especially fond of the music of Afro-British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. Indeed, Coleridge-Taylor dedicated his Violin Concerto to Maud Powell. This weekend, I’ll play Maud’s arrangement of Coleridge-Taylor’s “Deep River” which she completed in 1905. Her 1911 recording of it was the first version of “Deep River” to be recorded, before any vocal version was even ever recorded.
This version of “Coleridge-Taylor: Deep River, Op 59. No. 10” is from my “American Virtuosa: A Tribute to Maud Powell” on @cedillerecords