Music of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Adrian Leaper

February 14, 2022, 9:00 am

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Samuel Coleridge-Taylor was an English composer, conductor, and activist who battled against racial prejudice with his music. The Hiawatha trilogy, with its stirring overture, established Coleridge-Taylor as one of Britain’s leading young composers and stimulated commissions in a wide variety of music. The Othello Suite was written for a stage production of the play, its powerful and contrasting themes illustrating the composer’s prowess in characterization. Redolent of popular ballads and romances, the Petite Suite de Concert is a masterpiece of light music, while the charming Romance of the Prairie Lilies shows Coleridge-Taylor’s lasting influence on future generations of British composers.