January 3, 2019
View the interview at the NPR website.
National Public Radio interviewed Rachel about her latest album, Blues Dialogues, as well as The Rachel Barton Pine’s Foundation Music by Black Composers Violin Volume I sheet music book and The Rachel Barton Pine Foundation Coloring Book of Black Composers. The piece airs on “All Things Considered” on Friday, December 28.
Also interviewed for the NPR piece is composer Billy Childs, whose “Incident on Larpenteur Avenue,” single-movement violin sonata exploring the impact of the 2016 killing of Philando Castile by a Minnesota police officer, debuted on Blues Dialogues.
Rachel Blues Dialogues, is a Cedille Records album of classical works for unaccompanied violin or violin and piano with a strong blues flavor written almost exclusively by 20th– and 21st-century composers of African descent.
Five living composers are represented in the repertoire: Dolores White, Errollyn Wallen, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Charles Brown, and Billy Childs. Other composers include Duke Ellington, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, William Grant Still, and Clarence Cameron White.
In addition to Billy Childs’ composition, the album features several world-premieres: Noel Da Costa’s “A Set of Dance Tunes for Solo Violin,”Dolores White’s expanded, four-movement version of her “Blues Dialogues for solo violin.”