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Pioneering women composers and music from the Americas

Robert Plane (clarinet) and the Gould Piano Trio

A diverse selection of repertoire embracing pioneering women composers and works from the Americas. Louise Farrenc dazzled 19th Century Paris as pianist and composer in a trailblazing career. Cuban-American clarinetist and saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera composed his Cape Cod Files in celebration of Benny Goodman’s centenary, embracing evocations of Cuban Danzon and 12-bar blues, whilst Valerie Coleman draws upon equally evocative influences from her African American heritage. We conclude with the work of one of the early influencers of music in the ‘New World, Antonin Dvořák, his ‘Dumky’ Trio written as a nostalgic image of home as he set off for the unknown challenges of New York in 1892.

Louise Farrenc – Piano Trio No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 33
Paquito D’Rivera – The Cape Cod Files
Valerie Coleman – Lenox Ave.
Antonin Dvořák – Piano Trio no. 4 in E minor, op. 90, Dumky
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