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Arietta (Three Short Pieces, No. 1)

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (08/07/20)
Composer: Coleridge-Taylor, Samuel
Sample Producer: Audio Angelorum
Sample Set: Peterborough Cathedral Hill
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Romantic
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (15 August 1875 – 1 September 1912) was an English composer and conductor who was mixed-race, part Sierra Leone Creole. He achieved such success that he was referred to by white New York musicians as the "African Mahler" at the time when he toured the United States. He was born in 1875 in Holborn, London, to Alice Hare Martin (1856–1953), an English woman, and Dr. Daniel Peter Hughes Taylor, a Creole from Sierra Leone, of mixed European and African descent. His mother named her son Samuel Coleridge Taylor after the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

By 1896, Coleridge-Taylor was already earning a reputation as a composer. He was later helped by Edward Elgar, who recommended him to the Three Choirs Festival. His "Ballade in A minor" was premiered there. His early work was also guided by the influential music editor and critic August Jaeger of music publisher Novello; he told Elgar that Taylor was "a genius". Stanford also was a champion of his music.

Coleridge-Taylor was 37 when he died of pneumonia, but his death is often attributed to the stress of his financial situation.

"Three Short Pieces" were published by Novello in 1898 as No. 69 in their "Original Compositions" (New Series).

"Arietta" is largely what the title implies, but notice the wonderfully natural, yet varied harmonic palette that Coleridge-Taylor employs. The melody bends and weaves, never cloying, but always expressive. There is a sense of the pastorale about this, and the effect is most pleasing.

The score is attached below, as well as several photos of Samuel-Coleridge Taylor, one of an autographed card, and one of mourners laying a wreath upon his grave.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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