OUT NOW | Catalyst Quartet’s New CD “Uncovered, Quantity 2: Florence B. Worth”


The New York-based Catalyst Quartet has lately launched the second installment of their UNCOVERED collection, which presents recordings of works by African-American composers who’ve lengthy been uncared for by the canon.

The brand new album concentrates on the chamber music of Florence B. Worth (1887-1953), a prolific composer and arguably the primary feminine African-American composer to achieve nationwide consideration. Worth’s musical type was influenced by Dvořák and Coleridge-Taylor, and in addition integrated components of Black spirituals.

Worth overcame appreciable obstacles as a way to compose: past the standard difficulties of being a Black girl within the Jim Crow South, she gained a spot on the New England Conservatory — which on the time was certainly one of few establishments accepting Black college students.

In a while, she turned the primary African-American girl to have a symphony carried out by a significant U.S. orchestra.

The album’s tracklist contains 4 string quartets, three of that are world premiere recordings, and two piano quintets, certainly one of which has by no means been recorded. For the latter pair of works, the quartet is joined by pianist Michelle Cann, who was the 2021 recipient of the Florence Worth Award. A number of of the works on the recording haven’t but been printed and so the group labored from copies of Worth’s unique manuscripts.

You should purchase and be taught extra in regards to the album, right here.

The quartet intends to document a number of extra albums on this collection, which can cowl works by Joseph Boulogne Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, William Grant Nonetheless, and George Walker. These recordings will be a part of the undertaking’s first quantity, which targeted on the music of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

“We would like individuals to have entry to all of Worth’s string quartet works in a single place,” Catalyst Quartet violinist Karla Donehew Pérez instructed The Violin Channel. “The items are actually unbelievable and never solely must be recorded however printed as properly. We needed to entry hand written scores via the library as a way to carry out and document these works. Our hope is that it will encourage others to program, carry out and document these works, in order that they get the time and custom they’ve misplaced.”

In March 2021 the group carried out three works by Worth as a part of a live performance for WQXR at The Greene House. You may view that efficiency under:


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