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Can you name three black classical composers? RBP can name three hundred fifty

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Violinist Rachel Barton Pine, Cedille Records' best-selling artist and longtime music advocate - releases; Blues Dialogues: Music by Black Composers. Performing a program of post 20th century solo violin, and violin/piano works, Pine is joined by longtime recital partner - Pianist Matthew Hagle for the pairs third album together and Pine's 21st for Chicago-based Cedille label.

The album features several world-premiere recordings including: Noel Da Costa's A Set of Dance Tunes for Solo Violin, Dolores White's expanded, four-movement version of Blues Dialogues for solo violin, and Billy Childs's Incident on Larpenteur Avenue, a single-movement violin sonata exploring the events and impact of the 2016 killing of Philando Castile by a Minnesota police officer. Other landmarks include the first recordings of Wendell Logan's violin and piano arrangement of Duke Ellington's In a Sentimental Mood; Daniel Bernard Roumain's Filter for Unaccompanied Violin as updated in 2018 with an opening cadenza written specially for Pine, and the violin version of Charles S. Brown's A Song Without Words. Pine had the opportunity to work directly with several of the composers on their pieces, specifically Perkinson, Dolores White, Childs, and Roumain.