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'You've done it, me boy!' / 90.5WUOL

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90.5WUOL - Louisville KY Colleen Phelps writes.......In 1906 these words were given to composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor by his teacher Charles Villiers Stanford. Stanford had challenged Coleridge-Taylor to best the late Johannes Brahms's clarinet quintet with a work of his own in that instrumentation without showing the influence of the earlier piece. While the shadow of Antonin Dvorak is present in the thematic character, Coleridge-Taylor indeed had his own unique gift for chamber music.

Generations later, it's another group that includes powerfully talented Black musicians who are bringing Coleridge-Taylor's works to life. The Catalyst Quartet joined with pianist Stewart Goodyear and New York Philharmonic principal clarinetist Anthony McGill for the first of three collections of music by underrepresented composers. Vol. 1 of Uncovered features a Quintet for Piano and Strings, the opus 5 Fantasiestück, and the Quintet for Clarinet and Strings that Charles Stanford so enjoyed.