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Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (Composer)

Born: 15th August 1875, London, England

Died: 1st September 1912, Croydon, England

Nationality: English

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor was an English composer and conductor.

Of mixed race birth, Coleridge-Taylor achieved such success that he was referred to by white New York musicians as the "African Mahler" when he had three tours of the United States in the early 1900s. He was particularly known for his three cantatas on the epic poem Song of Hiawatha by American Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Coleridge-Taylor premiered the first section in 1898, when he was 22.

He married an Englishwoman, Jessie Walmisley, and both their children had musical careers.

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Recording of the Week, Coleridge-Taylor and Dvořák from the Takács Quartet

The Takács Quartet present a double-bill of works from the year 1895: a youthful Coleridge-Taylor, barely into his twenties but already carving out a distinctive style, and a mature Dvořák, recently returned to his beloved Bohemia from the New World.

Interview, Tom Poster and Elena Urioste on Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's chamber music

The acclaimed husband-and-wife duo talk about their latest project – bringing the early chamber works of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor back into the repertoire in new editions, recorded by the Kaleidoscope Ensemble.

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