Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Pan-Continental Composer

by Mimi Morris-Kim
Composed in 1896, the Fantasiestücke of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, composed when he was just 21, is both an homage to Schumann and a heralding of the prodigious talents of the young composer.  Coleridge-Taylor was of mixed race, born to an Englishwoman and a West African father. He had a conventional British music education and was mentored by Charles Villiers Stanford and promoted by Edward Elgar. He was fascinated by the United States since his father was descended by slaves freed by the British during the American revolution, who returned to Africa. Coleridge-Taylor attended the first pan -African conference in London where he met W.E.B. DuBois, and he toured the US on multiple occasions and was hosted at the White House by Teddy Roosevelt. His musical interests thus extended to 3 continents and he strove to musically bring together the various threads of his heritage. His music was popular and frequently performed in his lifetime, but his untimely death, at the age of 37, perhaps kept it from staying in the mainstream repertoire. 

The Fairmount String Quartet will perform Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s “Fantasiestücke” on February 26 and February 27, 2022.

Public Performances

Wednesday, June 1st at 5:30 PM

Music in Your Neighborhood – “Built for This”
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We were built to make, share, and love music.
Join us for an evening of music of many genres by some of our favorite voices.
This is an outdoor event.

The Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
8001 St. Martin’s Lane, Philadelphia 19118

Tickets are free!

Kind Words

Friday evening’s performance…by the members of the Fairmount String Quartet was splendid…the playing was expert to the point of perfection.

Michael Caruso, Chestnut Hill Local

From more classical music to fun contemporary songs, Fairmount Strings knocked it out of the park.

Alison F., bride

We are so grateful that Fairmount Strings made our wedding day vision come to life. 

Jocelyn G., bride

The quartet was magnificent and so very professional. One guest said the setting and the quartet made the ceremony storybook!

Joanne F., Bride

Last night the audience told you so well what I am trying to put into words now. Thank you for an unbelievably beautiful concert!

Alice Nugent, Candlelight Concerts at Laurel Hill

The beautiful sound of your music will stay with me always. It was simply stunning and made our day feel like a fairy tale.

Julie & Tom B., Bride and Groom

Adding to their laurels — professionalism, intuition and timeliness, we look forward to many future musical endeavors with the Fairmount Chamber Ensemble.

Kevin O’Malia, Director of Music, First United Methodist Church of Germantown

I made a point of standing off to the side in the back of the church to listen. It was….well….perfection.

Chris C., Mother of the Bride

It is such a privilege to work with musicians of their caliber who are so genuinely committed to supporting the growth and development of our students.

Stephen Kushner, Director of Choral Music, Germantown Friends School

From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for your beautiful performance, which helped to make the vision and dream I had for my daughter’s wedding day come true.

Jeanne B., Mother of the Bride

They are wonderful musicians, easy to work with, and deliver performances of consistently high quality.

Clair Rozier, Director of Music, St. David’s Episcopal Church

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