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American composer, pianist, organist and teacher Florence Beatrice Price was born Florence Smith in Little Rock, Arkansas on 9 April 1887. After early guidance from her music teacher mother, she studied composition at the New England Conservatory of Music with George Chadwick and Frederick Converse.
Florence Price is known for being the first African-American woman to gain recognition as a composer of orchestral music and to have it played by a major orchestra.
Price settled in Chicago, where she died on 3 June 1953, aged sixty-six, leaving over three hundred compositions. Manuscripts of many of these were discovered in 2009 at Price's summer home near St Anne, Illinois.
Ensemble. An Important Voice - Mike Wheeler listens to Florence Price and Dvořák
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CD Spotlight. Melodic Invention and Heartfelt Sincerity - Gerald Fenech recommends a Naxos recording of orchestral music by Florence Beatrice Price. 'John Jeter and his Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen provide truly splendid performances, vibrant and often pulsating, and superbly balanced.'
Ensemble. A Welcome Opportunity - Mike Wheeler listens to the recital 'Colour My Song' at the 2022 Buxton Festival
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CD Spotlight. Emotional Warmth and Richness of Melody - Gerald Fenech listens to music by Florence Price. '... this trailblazing composer must be listened to ...'