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For Immediate Release December 2009
Carl Fischer Music Publishes
The Rachel Barton Pine Collection of
Original Compositions, Arrangements, Cadenzas and Editions
Pine becomes first living composer and only woman to be published
as part of Carl Fischer’s “Masters Collection” series
Click image to download cover (3.2MB tiff)New York , NY — Carl Fischer Music is honored to announce that violinist Rachel Barton Pine will be the first living composer and woman to be published as part of its Masters Collection with the release of The Rachel Barton Pine Collection (BF54 - $29.95), a volume of violin works of original compositions, arrangements, cadenzas and editions penned or arranged by Pine. The collection encompasses pieces written for unaccompanied solo violin and arrangements for violin duet, violin and cello duet, and violin with piano with highlights including an original cadenza for Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in B Minor and her arrangements of Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and Albeniz’s Asturias.

Pine has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s most prestigious ensembles and has received worldwide acclaim for her historically-informed interpretations, virtuosic technical mastery, lustrous tone and perceptive performances. Following in the footsteps of many of the great violinists, including Fritz Kreisler and Jascha Heifetz, who have been published by Carl Fischer Music, the compilation gathers together for the first time Pine’s exceptional cadenzas of standard concerti and her composed unaccompanied encore pieces that have engaged audiences around the world as well as other concert works that she has meticulously edited for violin and piano. The Rachel Barton Pine Collection also includes a CD containing piano rehearsal tracks as well as all of the piano parts in PDF form so that musicians can print out a desired part for recital performances.

Says Henry Fogel, Dean of Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University (and former President, League of American Orchestras and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra) in his foreword to The Rachel Barton Pine Collection, “The essential elements that define Rachel as a performer – her technical mastery, keen musical insights, and joy in music-making – also are present in her compositions.”

Rachel’s journey to becoming a composer began at age 17 when she was invited to give the modern-day premiere of a recently rediscovered concerto by the late eighteenth-century French composer, the Chevalier de Meude-Monpas. As the concerto hadn’t been played since the composer’s lifetime, no written cadenzas existed, and Rachel was left with no alternative but to write them herself. The result was well-received and as Pine explains, “The experience really inspired me. I realized that writing and performing my own cadenzas to concertos by such composers as Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms was the most organic way I could express my connections to those great works. Furthermore, I found that analyzing others’ cadenzas and studying the orchestral score from a compositional perspective greatly increased my understanding of the concertos themselves.”

Pine then began arranging and writing encores, from her solo violin version of The Star-Spangled Banner for a 1995 Chicago Bulls playoff game to more complex virtuoso pieces like God Defend New Zealand. One of her hopes is that the book will inspire more violinists everywhere to explore composing and arranging.

In addition to her concert appearances with orchestras all over the world, Pine performs regularly with her period instrument ensemble, Trio Settecento, and frequently collaborates with living composers including Augusta Read Thomas and John Corigliano. Her passion for research infuses her performances and she has earned critical acclaim for her prolific discography. On September 29th Cedille Records will release Pine’s 11th recording on the label, Trio Settecento’s A German Bouquet, a selection of German Baroque era works with popular pieces by Bach and Buxtehude as well as rarely heard repertoire by artists including Johann Schop, Georg Muffat and Johann Georg Pisendel. Pine holds prizes from several of the world’s leading competitions, including a gold medal at the 1992 J.S. Bach International Violin Competition in Leipzig, Germany. Her Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation assists young artists through various projects including the Instrument Loan Program, Grants for Education and Career, Global HeartStrings and The String Student’s Library of Music by Black Composers. You may see and hear more about her at

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The Rachel Barton Pine Collection
Original Compositions, Arrangements, Cadenzas and Editions for Violin
Edited and Compiled by Rachel Barton Pine

Foreword by Henry Fogel
Introduction by Rachel Barton Pine

Original Compositions for Unaccompanied Violin
Introduction, Theme and Variations on “God Defend New Zealand”
Introduction, Theme and Variations on “The Birthday Song”
Introduction, Theme and Variations on “Allt í Grænum Sjó”

Arrangements for Unaccompanied Violin
Smith: The Star-Spangled Banner
Bellstedt, Jr.: Caprice on Dixie
Theodorakis: Zorba’s Dance
Albéniz: Asturias

Arrangements with Piano Accompaniment
Berlioz: Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath from Symphonie Fantastique
Medley of Scots Tunes for Two Violins

Beethoven: Violin Concerto
Berg: Violin Concerto
Brahms: Violin Concerto
Clement: Violin Concerto in D Major
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 2
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 4
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5
Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 2

Editions with Cadenzas
J.C. Bach: Sinfonia Concertante in A Major for Violin and Cello
Meude-Monpas: Concerto No. 1 in D Major