Rhapsody in Black

Composer Ludovic Lamothe is finally receiving the recognition he deserves

Composer and pianist Ludovic Lamothe is Haiti's most well-known composer.Wikipedia

Rhapsody in Black - Ludovic Lamothe


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September 01, 2022

Haitian composer and pianist Ludovic Lamothe was known by the problematic nickname ‘The Black Chopin’ during his life. Now Lamothe is receiving the recognition he deserves. As one of Haiti’s best-known composers for the piano, he drew musical inspiration from the urban and folkloric styles of the region. His compositions are heavily influenced by Haitian Vodou, the Haitian méringue and by the music of Frédéric Chopin.

Musical selections from Ludovic Lamothe

Feuillet D'Album No. 1

Pianist Célimène Daudet works to introduce new audiences to composers who have been lost to time or unjust circumstances. In her 2001 album, Haïti mon amour, she performed his work Feuillet D'Album No. 1.

Four Danzas

This work includes Danza No. 1 ('La Habanera"), Danza No. 2, Danza No. 3 and Danza No. 4. It is one of his most performed pieces.


The Lisette Project traces the sung history of the oldest known Haitian Creole text, “Lisette quitté la plaine.” In its research, they found this work for piano and voice.


Host: Tesfa Wondemagegnehu

Producer: Dan Nass

Writers: Andrea Blain and Scott Blankenship

Additional music selections: Jeffrey Yelverton

Executive Producer: Julie Amacher