“Dr. Masterson brilliantly resurrects a lost work by Philippa Schuyler and gives new life to an important biracial composer and pianist who has largely disappeared from history. She has meticulously gathered, collated, and transcribed the manuscript pages—long buried in archival boxes—to re-create Schuyler’s original version of Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Her performance is eloquent and nuanced, and the lucid liner notes enhance our understanding of this complex, mosaic-like piece. It is a tour de force.” — Kathryn Talalay, author of Composition in Black and White: The Tragic Saga of Harlem’s Biracial Prodigy
“Masterson’s interpretation of this extended work is convincing and displays her technical mastery. The recording of Seven Pillars of Wisdom is a monumental achievement in reviving a work of historical significance.” —-Dr. Jasmin Arakawa, Journal of the IAWM (Vol. 28, No. 3)
“Masterson immerses us in Schuyler’s creative world…this recording reflects an intimate knowledge of Schuyler’s musical intention. Masterson convincingly guides us through each section, from the highly atmospheric prologue, through the expressive seven parts, to the impassioned epilogue.” —-Dr. Samantha Ege, The Kapralova Society Journal
My interview with Frances Wilson of The Cross-Eyed Pianist: Meet the Artist.
In November, this project was featured in the Women Composers Festival of Hartford’s HerStory video series! You can listen to me discuss Philippa Schuyler’s “Seven Pillars of Wisdom” in this short video.
Local coverage of the project: The State Newspaper.