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Rachel Barton Pine - Blues Dialogues is WRTI Classical Album of the Week

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Trained as a classical violinist, Rachel Barton Pine grew up listening to the blues, and one day was thrilled to discover the two genres combined in the sheet music for David Baker's Deliver My Soul - a 12-bar blues in a classical work for violin and piano. She made it the first track of her recent album, Blues Dialogues-an album of blues-influenced classical works by 20th- and 21st-century black composers.

Blues Dialogues is just the latest contribution to a project started almost serendipitously over 20 years ago, after Rachel Barton Pine released an 1997 album of violin concertos by Black composers of the 18th and 19th centuries. The album sparked so much interest, and so many inquiries from teachers, parents and students about where to find repertoire like this, Rachel started her Black Composers Project, which has now collected over 900 works by more than 350 black composers.

Her new album, Blues Dialogues, with Matthew Hagle on piano, reflects just one aspect of the rich treasure trove of music she's collected. RBP talked with WRTI: PHILADELPHIA Susan Lewis about the album and how it fits into the larger soundscape.  LISTEN