10 Reasons Why Florence Price Inspires Me

“…until that point I thought classical music had been written mostly by white men. So many people think that classical music was written more or less exclusively by white men, this is not actually the case, there have been (and are) hundreds of brilliant women who composed truly spectacular music but always struggled to get recognition in a world full of systemic prejudice and deep institutionalised sexism. Florence Price inspired me to start discovering them and championing them.”

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Plus Ça Change: Florence B. Price in the #Blacklivesmatter Era

“Florence Price’s daughter, Florence Robinson, expressed similar frustrations after Price died in 1953. Artists were happy to perform Price’s arrangements of Negro spirituals, but she found no advocates for her mother’s symphonic compositions…”

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Fantasie Negre: Realization of a Black Girl's Fantasy

“I knew that I could not possibly have been the first black girl in classical music. But looking around, there was very little to suggest otherwise. Like trying to dream up a new colour, I struggled to paint alternative possibilities in my mind and to imagine a classical music history that placed black women at the centre. These were impossible or improbable things. “

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2018: The Year of Florence

“After her death in 1953, Price maintained a loyal following among a small but dedicated group of scholars, performers, organizations, and connoisseurs who diligently put forward a range of scholarly editions, papers, recordings, documentaries, and performances carrying the torch forward.“

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Getting Free: Why the Caged Bird Sings

Essentially, she struggled with being “caged.” Should she renounce the inclusion of Negro Spirituals in her compositional style to assimilate to a more Eurocentric view of orchestral music? Should she uphold her responsibility to “uplift the race” through the use of direct Negro Spiritual quotations in her music — something that Alain Locke believed was the key to racial uplift?

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