National Music Festival to premiere lost Dédé work

Posted on: April 29, 2011

A report in Thursday’s (4/28) Floyd Press (Virginia) states, “On Saturday, June 11, the National Music Festival will give the world premiere performance of the overture to ‘Le Sultan d’Ispahan,’ by Edmond Dédé. Dédé lived from 1807 to 1901, and was the first black composer to publish music in the United States. He moved to Bordeaux, France, where he founded an orchestra, which still exists today. He was known to have started writing an opera, ‘Le Sultan d’Ispahan,’ but it was lost, and it was thought to have been unfinished. In August 2010, National Music Festival Artistic Director Richard Rosenberg discovered the opera in the library at Harvard University. Contrary to what scholars believed, the opera was finished. … Rosenberg has recorded a CD of Dédé’s music for the Naxos label. Copies will be available for purchase at the Festival. Rosenberg is currently transcribing and editing the overture for the June 11 performance as part of the National Music Festival’s finale concert.” The National Music Festival takes place May 29 to June 11 in Floyd, Virginia.

Posted April 29, 2011