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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Samuel Coleridge Taylor; The Man to Listen To

I remember going to library and asking for some books about Samuel Coleridge Taylor. I had heard, via a CD, a South African Orchestra perform his compositions. And the librarian responded in a very arrogant tone, “You mean Samuel Taylor Coleridge. He was an English poet.” No, I replied. I meant what I said and in the order in which I had said the name-Samuel Coleridge Taylor. That day, that librarian made a great discovery , too. Brother Samuel,1875-1912, was an accomplished British violinist and composer. He was often referred to as the African Mahler.

To learn more about him, click this link:

WRTI is celebrating his music in honor of Black History Month. Listen to Five Negro Melodies for Piano Trio Op. 59, No. 1. Scroll down to Black History Month on WRTI.

Samuel Coleridge Taylor is also part of my Sages From the Past greeting card series. When you give one of my cards, you give the gift of history. You can buy them online at*

My Sages from the Past greeting cards are also available at :

1. VIX Emporium
5009 Baltimore Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19143 - (215) 471-7700
Open Tue-Thu 12pm-7pm; Fri 11am-7pm; Sat 11am-6pm

2. National Liberty Museum
321 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 925-2800


William J. Zick said...

AfriClassical has linked to this post. Many thanks for including us on your blogroll, and for linking to our companion website,, which devotes a page to Samuel Coleridge-Taylor!

William J. Zick said...

We are happy to reciprocate for our status on the Blog Roll of Sojo's Trumpet, which is now on the Favorite Blogs list at