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The heart of a woman : the life and music of Florence B. Price / Rae Linda Brown ; edited and with a foreword by Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr. ; afterword by Carlene J. Brown.

Author/Creator:
Brown, Rae Linda, 1953-2017, author.
Publication:
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2020]
Format/Description:
Book
xxiii, [3], 295, [11] pages : illustrations, music ; 24 cm.
Series:
Music in American life
Music in American life
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Subjects:
Price, Florence, 1887-1953.
African American women composers -- Biography.
African American composers -- Biography.
Women composers -- Biography.
Composers -- Biography.
African American composers.
African American women composers.
Composers.
Women composers.
Form/Genre:
Biographies.
Biographies.
Publishers adertisements.
Place of Publication:
United States Illinois Urbana.
Summary:
"Florence B. Price (1887-1953) was the first African American woman composer to achieve national recognition. She grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, studies at the new England Conservatory, and spent her professional career in Chicago (1927-53), where her Symphony in E Minor, premiered by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1933 under the direction of Frederick Stock, marks the first large-scale work by an African American woman composer (and the second work by an African American composer) to be performed by a major American orchestra. A prolific composer, she wrote more than 300 works in all genres: orchestra music (symphonies, orchestral suites, and concerti), vocal music, art songs and arrangements of spirituals, piano music (including teaching pieces), organ music, chamber music, and music for chorus. Her compositions reflect not only her cultural heritage, but also the romantic nationalist style of the period in which she was most active (beginning in the 1920s). Brown discusses Price in the context of the Harlem Renaissance and deals with issues of race, gender, and class. She draws on interviews with Price's colleagues, on music manuscripts located in major repositories of African American material and in private collections, on contemporary black newspapers and journals, on census records, and on archival materials as well as the relevant published sources. An appendix lists Price's compositions by genre"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Introduction
Part I : Southern roots. Family ties ; Little Rock : "The Negro paradise" ; The pursuit of education : Elementary and high school ; The New England Conservatory of Music ; Return to Little Rock ; Clark University and marriage
Part II : The "Dean" of Negro composers of the Midwest. VeeJay and the Black metropolis ; "My soul's been anchored in de Lord" ; Black satin clothes at the fair ; Spirituals to symphonies : A century of progress ; The Symphony in E minor ; O sing a new song ; The Piano concerto in one movement ; Performing again ; Professional recognition : Reconciling gender, class, and race ; The WPA years ; The Chicago Renaissance ; The Symphony no. 3 ; Final years : The heart of a woman.
Notes:
Publishers advertisements: pages [3]-[10] at end
Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-275), discography (pages 277-281) and index.
Local notes:
"Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from Bruce McKittrick."
Penn Chronology:
2020
Contributor:
Ramsey, Guthrie P., editor, writer of foreword.
Brown, Carlene J., 1958- writer of afterword.
University of Illinois (System). Press.
ISBN:
9780252043239
0252043235
9780252085109
0252085108
9780252052118
OCLC:
1122800180
Publisher Number:
9780252085109