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Florence Beatrice Price: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4

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Florence Price was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and studied at the New England Conservatory,
but it was in Chicago that her composing career accelerated. The concert in 1933 at which her
Symphony No. 1 in E minor was premiered was the first time a major American orchestra had performed
a piece written by an African American woman. Influenced by Dvorák and Coleridge-Taylor, she
drew on the wellspring of Negro spirituals and vernacular dances, full of lyricism and syncopation.
The Symphony No. 4 in D minor demonstrates her tight ensemble writing, her distinct sense of
orchestral color, her Ellingtonian ‘jungle style’ language and her penchant for the ‘juba’ dance.
Item number 8559827
Barcode 636943982723
Release date 01/01/2019
Category 20th Century
Label Naxos Classics
Media type CD
Number of units 1
Artists Symphony, Fort Smith
Jeter, John
Fort Smith Symphony
Composers Price, Florence Beatrice
Conductors Jeter, John
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