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Music By Black Composers: Violin Volume 1 - Arranged by Rachel Barton Pine

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Music By Black Composers: Violin Volume 1

Beginner to elementary level music for violin with 2nd violin or piano accompaniment. These works are by both men and women who come from North America, South America, the Caribbean, Europe, and Africa. The repertoire spans four centuries -- from the 1700s to the present. In addition to the music, this book also contains illustrated composer biographies, features on Black classical music making throughout history, and profiles of Black role models in classical music, past and present.

Violin Volume I is the first in a series expected to include eight volumes, graded by difficulty from beginner to advanced concerto-level playing. Additional orchestral instruments will be the subject of multiple future MBC volumes, and subsequent publications will include works for school orchestras and chamber ensembles. The playing level of Volume I is comparable to books 1-2 of the Suzuki Method.

Includes downloadable reference violin and piano recordings of each piece, performed by Rachel Barton Pine and pianist Matthew Hagle. The book also contains biographies of each composer; feature articles about Black orchestras past and present and about famous African Americans who played violin - including Solomon Northup, Frederick Douglass, George Washington Carver, Coretta Scott King, Sheila Johnson; and profiles of three Black role models in classical music: Sphinx founder Aaron P. Dworkin, founder-director of the Hyde Park Suzuki Institute Lucinda Ali-Landing, and concert violinist Tai Murray. Dworkin also wrote the book's foreword.


Title: Music by Black Composers: Violin Volume 1
Composer: Various
Arranger: Rachel Barton Pine
Publisher: Ludwig Masters Publications
Instrumentation: Violin and Piano
Parts: Violin and Piano

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Table of Contents:

About the Music by Black Composers Series
Contributor Biographies
Board of Advisors and Honorary Board Members
Juwon Ogungbe
1. Feeling the Pulse
Ignatius Sancho
2. Les Contes des Fees (Fairytales)
3. Le Vieux Garcon (The Old Boy)
4. Minuet No. 15
Article: Black Orchestras: Forging Another Path
Godwin Sadoh
5. Iya Ni Wura Lyebiye (Mother Is a Priceless Jewel)
Sister Marie-Seraphine (Frances) Gotay
6. La Puertorriquena: Reverie (The Puerto Rican Woman)
7. Just So in the North
8. Mele Sue (I Am Young)
Role Model Profile: Aaron Dworkin
9. Dutchess of Devonshire’s Reel
Thomas Greene “Blind Tom” Wiggins
10. The Boy with the Axles in His Hands
11. Marianne’s Reel
Horace Weston
12. The Birthday Party Waltz
Article: Violin: An Instrument of Black Leaders
13. Mele Ekpom (I Do See It)
Felipe Gutierrez y Espinosa
14. La Despedida (The Farewell)
Thomas J. Martin
15. Had I Never Never Known Thee
Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges
16. Theme from Sonata No. 4 for Two Violins
Francisca “Chiquinha” Gonzaga
17. Balada
Role Model Profile: Lucinda Ali-Landing
Clarence Cameron White
18. Tuxedo
Amadeo Roldan y Gardes
19. Cancion de Cuna Del Nino Negro (Lullaby for a Black Child)
20. Grande Polka des Chasseurs a Pied de la Louisiane (Louisiana Infantrymen’s Grand Polka)
Role Model Profile: Tai Murray
Scott Joplin
21. The Entertainer, a Ragtime Two Step
Will Marion Cook
22. Chocolate Drops, a Cakewalk
Source Notes and Credits

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About This Brand

The Music by Black Composers project was conceived by the award-winning, Billboard chart topping violinist, Rachel Barton Pine ( who performs with the world's leading orchestras and has recorded 37 acclaimed albums. She became the first living composer to be published as part of Carl Fischer’s “Masters Collection” series with the release of The Rachel Barton Pine Collection. Her performances are heard on NPR and stations around the globe and she has appeared on The Today Show four times, A Prairie Home Companion, CBS Sunday Morning, Bloomberg Television, CNN, PBS NewsHour and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post and papers around the world. In addition to the MBC project, her RBP Foundation assists young artists through its Instrument Loan Program, Grants for Education and Career, and Global HeartStrings which supports musicians in developing countries.

Black composers have created masterful classical music for centuries, yet they are underrepresented in concert programming and in classical music education, silencing a rich vein of works from global consciousness. As young musicians seldom have the opportunity to study and perform classical music by Black composers, aspiring Black music students struggle to participate in an art form in which they do not appear to belong, perpetuating a lack of diversity on stage and among audiences.

With that in mind, over the last 15 years, Pine and her RBP Foundation have collected more than 900 works by 350+ Black composers from the 18th-21st centuries, representing Africa, North and South America, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, and Oceania.

Rachel Barton Pine explains, “In the 15 years since we first conceptualized Music by Black Composers we have had the opportunity to speak with many Black musicians about the importance of role models in the arts. Even today, many aspiring Black students live in a community where their particular town’s orchestra may not even have a single player of color in it or leading it. As much as they may love the music, they don’t see a future for themselves. Our goal is to present a variety of Black leaders representing professions in the classical sphere, so that young people may consider the different avenues they may take in music and see someone who looks like them in that role.”

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Asked On: 11/22/2020

Are there plans to make a viola version?

SHAR Answer:

Hello Ellen, thanks for your question! At this time, we know that a version for cello is in production, but we do not have word on a version for viola. I will pass your interest over to Ms. Barton-Pine and her team.

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Asked On: 10/19/2020

Best music books for beginners?

SHAR Answer:

Hi Sandra, thank you for your question! While this is a wonderful collection of pieces, this may not be the best starting place for beginners. I would suggest either Suzuki or Essential Elements to get started!

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Asked On: 07/02/2020

Hello. Do you have the black composers book arranged for cello? Or is it only available for violin?

SHAR Answer:

Hi Juliet, thanks for your question. Currently, this book is only available for violin but there are plans for a cello version in the future!

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