Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Florence Price: 'First Black Woman to be Recognized as a Symphonic Composer'

[Florence Beatrice Smith Price (1887-1953)]

Florence B. Price (1887-1953) 
Kevin Terrell 
"With symphonic works steeped in both the European Romantic convention and traditional African melodies and rhythms, Florence B. Price was one of the truly unique and influential composers of modern times."

"Publishing her first work at age 11, Price would go on to win the prestigious Wanamaker Competition in 1932 for her most famous piece, 'Symphony in E Minor.' Frederick Stock, conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, presented it at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1933.  It was the first time a symphony written by a black woman had been performed by a major symphony orchestra.  [Full Post] [Dr. Dominique-René de Lerma, Professor of Music at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, has compiled a Works List of the compositions of Florence B. Price. It appears on the Florence Price page at AfriClassical.com]


Leah said...

Where would her music be available for rental? I'm assuming it's not available to buy.

Leah said...

Where is her music available for rental? purchase?