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Florence Price 1887-1953, composer.
« on: February 05, 2018, 04:24:52 AM »



Read Alex Ross' article for a welcome and very interesting discovery.

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/02/05/the-rediscovery-of-florence-price

The new recording of her works on Albany makes this discovery even more captivating.


 
FINALLY — FLORENCE PRICE'S VIOLIN CONCERTOS ARE AVAILABLE!
It is indeed a cause for excitement when two concertos by Florence Price, the first African American woman to write a symphony performed by a major U.S. Orchestra, are recorded. There are no known performances of Price's first violin concerto, but the Violin Concerto No. 2, completed in 1952 was performed posthumously by its dedicatee, Minnie Cedargreen Jemberg at the opening of the Florence B. Price School in Chicago's Kenwood neighborhood in 1964. The two concertos are joined on this recording by a work for violin and orchestra by Ryan Cockerham, which is a tribute to Florence Price's home state of Arkansas. Violinist Er-Gene Kahng is on the faculty at the Universityof Arkansas in Fayetteville and is concertmaster of the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra. She is on the violin faculty at the Montecito International Music Festival, the Beverly Hills International Music Festival, and performs with the Bay View Music Festival string quartet. Ryan Cockerham's creative work has been exhibited and performed by leading arts and academic organizations around the world, including the English National Ballet, Art Expo Milano, and the Texas Ballet Theater, among many others.
CONTENTS:
Florence Price, composer
Violin Concerto No. 2
Er-Gene Kahng, violin; Janacek Philharmonic; Ryan Cockerham, conductor

Florence Price, composer
Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major
Er-Gene Kahng, violin; Janacek Philharmonic; Ryan Cockerham, conductor

Ryan Cockerham, composer
Before, It was Golden
Er-Gene Kahng, violin; Janacek Philharmonic; Ryan Cockerham, conductor

Has anyone heard this recording yet?

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Re: Florence Price 1887-1953, composer.
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2018, 10:24:35 AM »
I listened to Price’s Violin Concerto No. 2 earlier. Meh. :-\ I like more interesting harmonies and it all sounded rather ‘conventional’ compared to what was happening in American music around that time.
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Re: Florence Price 1887-1953, composer.
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2018, 12:24:51 PM »
The 2nd concerto only exists in fragments of one part.
She utilized Negro spirituals in her compositions.
The fully-realized/extant first concerto comes off better.

But like her symphonies and the Mississippi Suite, don't expect spellbinding music.
A solid composer, however.
The Germans, who make doctrines out of everything, deal with music learnedly; the Italians, being voluptuous, seek in it lively, though fleeting, sensations; the French, more vain than perceptive, manage to speak of it wittily; and the English pay for it . . . - Stendhal

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Re: Florence Price 1887-1953, composer.
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2018, 12:46:54 PM »
The 2nd concerto only exists in fragments of one part.
She utilized Negro spirituals in her compositions.
The fully-realized/extant first concerto comes off better.

But like her symphonies and the Mississippi Suite, don't expect spellbinding music.
A solid composer, however.

Exactly  - and I'm glad that Albany (and the commited performers) give us a chance to hear this music in excellent performances.

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/93BYQ7Cex7M" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/93BYQ7Cex7M</a>
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Re: Florence Price 1887-1953, composer.
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2018, 02:24:17 PM »
A member of quartet that is preparing some of her music for publication has stated there are some serious chamber pieces - better probably than the 5 Pieces in Counterpoint on Folksongs that's out there.

Probably still in manuscript:

  Piano Quintet
  Violin Sonata
  String Quartets - No.1-3
  Piano Trio

There might be some meaty stuff there. Will we get to hear it?  Who knows.
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Re: Florence Price 1887-1953, composer.
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2018, 02:11:45 PM »
Completely agree with pjme here: not a forgotten genius, but a moving and captivating story of a sincere composer worth hearing for her attempt to create an Afro-American style - especially in the Third Symphony IMO:
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/9s4yY_A2A2k&amp;t=70s" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/9s4yY_A2A2k&amp;t=70s</a><a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/VPjRug77uG8&amp;t=56s" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/VPjRug77uG8&amp;t=56s</a><a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/wfdvCrqzTm0&amp;t=13s" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/wfdvCrqzTm0&amp;t=13s</a>
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Re: Florence Price 1887-1953, composer.
« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2020, 06:11:38 AM »
Yesterday, my first encounter with music of Florence Price: Five Folksongs in Counterpoint (1951) for string quartet, played by members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Yikes, how have I missed her? (Rhetorical question, since there is just too much music to listen to, from too many composers -- a happy problem to have.)

At the bottom of this page is a good performance from the Er Gene Kahng Quartet. Hoping the DSO will archive yesterday's concert (which also included a fascinating new violin concerto by Tyshawn Sorey).

http://www.florenceprice.org/details

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Re: Florence Price 1887-1953, composer.
« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2020, 04:45:59 PM »
Thanks for the bump, I'll be checking out her music. The recent Naxos disc with symphonies 1 and 4 looks promising. Interestingly, she briefly taught music at Clark Atlanta University in my city.
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Re: Florence Price 1887-1953, composer.
« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2020, 07:15:05 AM »
Excellent composer. I like her Symphonies, especially No.1, and other works.