The gifted young Black violinist has told interviewers that he’s a storyteller at heart—that’s apart from his polish as a musician. The story of his latest recital has to do with folk song as an inspiration for composers in the classical mold. The earliest piece on Goosby’s playlist is Edvard Grieg’s Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Minor, op. 45 (1887), which is rooted in tunes of the composer’s native Norway. The most recent selection is Blue/s Forms for Solo Violin (1972), by the Black native New Yorker Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson. Rounding out the program is the Sonatina in G Major, op. 100, B. 183 (1893) by Antonín Dvořák, who fell under the spell of Black and Indigeneous musics during his nearly three years in the United States, and William Dawson’s long-neglected Violin Sonata No. 1 in A Major (1927), imbued with the spiritual spirit. —M.G.
Randall Goosby, Violin, Zhu Wang, Piano
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