Filed under: repertoire, women composers, women's history month. Tagged as: Florence Price.
We are kicking off our Indiegogo campaign with a daily blog series: 32 Composers You Need to Know! This is in honor of Women’s History Month (which is a federally observed celebration; here is last year’s Presidential declaration). But of course it is still February—African-American History month! SO it’s a great time to bring up Florence Price, whose music is so moving and evocative, and who, just in the last few years, has been getting some recognition for her larger works, like her Concerto in One Movement for piano, which she wrote 80 years ago, and it was just reconstructed and recorded in 2011 (you can hear a section of it here). The first African-American woman to write large-scale orchestral music (and to have them performed by major orchestras), Price also wrote chamber works (such as Elfentanz, and The Deserted Garden for violin and piano and songs (Price was a favorite composer of Marian Anderson).
And our Indiegogo campaign offers a CD by The Women’s Philharmonic, performing music by Price, as one of the Perks available to donors!