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But Not Forgotten
Music by African-American Composers for Clarinet & Piano

Marcus Eley, clarinet & Lucerne DeSa, piano

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Past and present come together in this vibrant release from Sono Luminus, But Not Forgotten: Music by African-American Composers for Clarinet & Piano, as clarinetist Marcus Eley, and pianist Lucerne DeSa display the timeless class and musical stylings of composers whose music runs rich with the knowledge and desire of gifts to be returned through the notes on a page, and the instrument in one's hand.

Marcus Eley writes, “For many years, I have had the privilege of performing recitals featuring African-American composers for clarinet and piano.   I have felt these composers needed a format, a champion, to make certain their compositions for my instrument were not ignored.   In current classical or ‘art music’, there is little representation in mainstream recorded music of the African-American composer.   Vocal music tends to be the exception.   However, for solo wind instrument, especially the clarinet, there is nothing.   I want this CD of clarinet and piano music to celebrate these African-American composers.   Further, it is my desire that their unique voices are heard and not forgotten.”

      Dorothy Rudd Moore (b. 1940)
      Night Fantasy
  1. Largo
  2. Allegro

      Alvin Batiste (1932-2007)
  3. Episodes

      Clarence Cameron White (1880-1960)
  4. Basque Folk Song

      Undine Smith Moore (1904-1989)
  5. Introduction and Allegro

      Samuel Akpabot (1932-2000)
  6. Pastorale from Scenes from Nigeria

      Quincy Hilliard (b. 1954)
  7. Daybreak
  8. Sunset
  9. Dance

      William Grant Still (1895-1978)
10. Romance

      Scott Joplin (1868-1917)
11. Weeping Willow

      Todd Cochran (b. 1951)
12. Soul-Bird
13. Amazing Grace (Arr. by H. Stevenson)

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