Poster Carlos Simon
Composer Carlos Simon's 'Requiem for the Enslaved,' commissioned by Georgetown University, is a reckoning with the school's troubled history.
Toko Shiik/Courtesy of the artist
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Requiem for the Enslaved

Georgetown University has opened a center to examine the legacy of slavery, including that history within the school itself. In 2021, Georgetown commissioned composer Carlos Simon to write a piece in honor of the people sold by Georgetown in 1838. We'll hear the Requiem for the Enslaved by Carlos Simon on today's show. Plus, Bruce Adolphe has this week's Piano Puzzler!

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Teresa Carreno: Little Waltz (Mi Teresita)
Gabriela Montero, piano
Album: Solatino
EMI 41144

Franz Danzi: Sinfonia Concertante for Flute, Clarinet, and Orchestra
DeMarre McGill, flute | Anthony McGill, clarinet | Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra | Allen Tinkham, conductor
Album: Winged Creatures
Cedille 187

Piano Puzzler
Contestant: Beth Everett calling from Scottsbluff, NE

Frederic Chopin: Polonaise - Fantaisie in A-flat Major, Op. 61
Gabriela Montero, piano
Radio e Televisao de Portugal, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal

Hour 2

Carlos Simon: Requiem for the Enslaved: in paradisium
MK Zulu, trumpet | Carlos Simon, piano
Album: Requiem for the Enslaved
Decca Classics

Valerie Coleman: Tracing Visions
Sphinx Virtuosi
Lillian & Robert Utsey Chamber Music Series, Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

Robert Schumann: Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 47
Natalie Zhu, piano | Jennifer Koh, violin | Che-Hung Chen, viola | Clancy Newman, cello
Kingston Chamber Music Festival, Barthelmes Auditorium, Philadelphia, PA

Carlos Simon: Requiem for the Enslaved: kyrie
Hub New Music
Album: Requiem for the Enslaved
Decca Classics

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