About this playlist
Born in Arkansas in 1887, Florence Price was the first African American female composer to gain national status. She was also the first female composer of African descent to have a symphonic work performed by a major orchestra, when on 15 June, 1933, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performed a new piece by an unnamed composer. The piece in question was Price's Symphony in E minor, and the critical acclaim that followed that performance catapulted her into life as a composer. Spanning symphonies, songs and piano music, Price's work combines the European Classical tradition in which she was trained and the melodies of African American folk songs, spirituals and church music.