Reginald Mobley and Baptiste Trotignon at the BBC Proms

February 17, 2024, 4:00 pm

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Two portrait collage in black and white; Reginald Mobley on left; Baptiste Trotignon on right.
Reginald Mobley and Baptiste Trotignon (Photos: Richard Dumas)

In their program for last summer’s BBC Proms, Reginald Mobley and Baptiste Trotignon illuminate the relationship between two pillars of Black music: gospel and classical. Hearing Trotignon’s jazzy arrangements of songs like Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen and There is a balm in Gilead in Mobley’s individualistic countertenor alongside Florence Price’s Because fulfills Antonín Dvořák’s prophecy that African American folksong would shape the future of classical music in America.

On this special episode during Black History Month, thanks to WFMT’s association with the European Broadcasting Union, we present their Proms performance and an interview with Reginald Mobley.


Trad., arr. Baptiste Trotignon
My Lord, what a mornin’ 
Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen 
A great camp meetin’ 

Florence Price (1887–1953)
Because (pubd. 2015)

Trad., arr. Harry T. Burleigh/Trotignon
By an’ by/There is a balm in Gilead 

Harry T. Burleigh (1866–1949)

Florence Price
Resignation (pubd. 2015)

Trad., arr. Patrick Dupré Quigley
Steal away

Trad., arr. Trotignon
Save me, Lord, save me 

Florence Price
Sunset (pubd. 2015)

Trad., arr. Trotignon
Deep river 
I got a robe

Hoagy Carmichael arr. Trotignon
Georgia On My Mind

Trad., arr. Baptiste Trotignon
Were you there 
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child 
Bright sparkles in the churchyard

Duke Ellington
In My Solitude

Reginald Mobley, counter-tenor
Baptiste Trotignon, piano

Recorded at Sage Gateshead on July, 23, 2023. View the program book.