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#VoicesUnheard 1-3: Florence B. Price and her Piano Sonata in E Minor

These couple weeks, I've been exploring the piano sonata of Ms. Florence Price - the first African-American woman to have her symphony performed by a major orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She was a formidable woman who lived during the years 1887 to 1953, through the years of segregation in the United States.



She wrote this piano sonata in the year 1932 and it won a prize at the Wanamaker Foundations Awards. The piece is organized into three movements and is romantic in nature, she also incorporates her southern American identity into the thematic material.


If you'd like to know more!


More works by F. Price:

Symphony No. 1, No. 3

Piano Concerto in One Movement

Violin Concerto No. 2

Adoration for organ

Many songs including "I am Bound for the Kingdom"

Two string quartets and two piano quintets


For more reading:

http://www.florenceprice.org/

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/02/05/the-rediscovery-of-florence-price

https://kpukinskis.com/2018/05/02/florence-b-price-and-the-sonata-form-how-to-make-an-old-thing-better/

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