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Florence Price original pen and ink and watercolour illustration by Rosie Brooks

Florence Price original pen and ink and watercolour illustration by Rosie Brooks

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Florence Price (1887-1953) was an African-American composer, pianist, and organist who made significant contributions to classical music during her lifetime. She was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, and studied at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.

Price composed more than 300 works, including symphonies, concertos, operas, and chamber music. Despite facing discrimination and racism, she received numerous commissions and awards for her work, including the Wanamaker Prize for Symphony No. 1 in E Minor, which made her the first African-American woman to have a symphony performed by a major orchestra.

Price's music is known for its integration of African-American spirituals and other folk melodies into classical forms. Her compositions also feature lush harmonies, complex rhythms, and expressive melodies.

After her death, Price's music was largely forgotten, but it has experienced a revival in recent years, with many of her works being rediscovered and performed by musicians around the world. Today, she is recognized as one of the most important African-American composers of the 20th century.

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