But Not Forgotten - Clarinet Music by African American Composers / Eley, DeSa

Release Date: 7/31/2012
Label: Sono Luminus
Catalog Number: DSL-92156
Number of Discs: 1

Physical Format:

CD
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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Past and present come together in this vibrant release from Sono Luminus, But Not Forgotten: Music by African-American Composers for Clarinet & Piano, as clarinetist Marcus Eley, and pianist Lucerne DeSa display the timeless class and musical stylings of composers whose music runs rich with the knowledge and desire of gifts to be returned through the notes on a page, and the instrument in one's hand.

Marcus Eley writes, "For many years, I have had the privilege of performing recitals featuring African-American composers for clarinet and piano. I have felt these composers needed a format, a champion, to make certain their compositions for my instrument were not ignored. In current classical or “art music”, there is little representation in mainstream recorded music of the African-American composer. Vocal music tends to be the exception. However, for solo wind instrument, especially the clarinet, there is nothing. I want this CD of clarinet and piano music to celebrate these African-American composers. Further, it is my desire that their unique voices are heard and not forgotten."

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REVIEW:

Marcus Eley has done a great service to African-American composers. He is a brilliantly talented advocate for his instrument who successfully exploits everything a clarinet can do while Lucerne DeSa is an extremely sympathetic partner. Together they have created a disc of unalloyed joy. I sincerely hope that there will be more in the pipeline as he suggests this is only the tip of a musical iceberg in terms of similar works by other unknown composers.

– MusicWeb International
Works on This Recording
1. Night Fantasy by Dorothy Rudd Moore
Performer: Marcus Eley (Clarinet), Lucerne DeSa (Piano)
2. Episodes by Alvin Batiste
Performer: Marcus Eley (Clarinet), Lucerne DeSa (Piano)
3. Basque Folk Song by Clarence Cameron White
Performer: Marcus Eley (Clarinet), Lucerne DeSa (Piano)
4. Introduction and Allegro by Undine Smith Moore
Performer: Marcus Eley (Clarinet), Lucerne DeSa (Piano)
5. Scenes from Nigeria: 1st movement, Pastorale by Samuel Akpabot
Performer: Marcus Eley (Clarinet), Lucerne DeSa (Piano)
Performer: Marcus Eley (Clarinet), Lucerne DeSa (Piano)
7. Romance for Alto Saxophone and Piano by William Grant Still
Performer: Marcus Eley (Clarinet), Lucerne DeSa (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1954 ; USA
8. Weeping Willow by Scott Joplin
Performer: Marcus Eley (Clarinet), Lucerne DeSa (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1903 ; USA
9. Soul-Bird by Todd Cochran
Performer: Marcus Eley (Clarinet), Lucerne DeSa (Piano)
10. Amazing Grace by Todd Cochran
Performer: Marcus Eley (Clarinet), Lucerne DeSa (Piano)
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