Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Arthur R. LaBrew on Florence Price's 'Symphony in E' and Chicago Sinfonietta: 'Must music by Black composers be subject to such popular vulgarity?'

Prof. Arthur R. LaBrew (

Dominique-René de Lerma writes:

Mr. LaBrew has granted me permission to submit the following:

Regarding the projected misuse by the Chicago Sinfonietta of the Florence Price symphony for a hip-hop dance is like having  Leontyne Price perform Tosca in a mini-skirt.   The lame excuse that Price's material would be enlightening to a new audience is utter nonsense! Why not present the work in its original form? Must music by Black composers be subject to such popular vulgarity?

Arthur R. LaBrew
Director, Michigan Music Research Center, Inc.

Dominique-René de Lerma

Comment by email:
Dear Arthur, Thank you for your most insightful and poignant contribution (shown below) and for all that you have done and are doing to promote and maintain the dignity and sanctity of our music by Black composers.  Musically yours, Barbara [Barbara Wright-Pryor]

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