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20th Century

Florence Price

The Trailblazing Composer

Melodic and expressive. Known for her orchestral works and choral compositions that incorporate elements of African-American spirituals and folk music.

I have two handicaps - those of sex and race. I am a woman; and I have some Negro blood in my veins. As a result, I have been able to get heard through one door, which I thought would be closed forever.

20th Century

Bio:

Florence Price was an American composer and pianist. As the first African-American woman to gain recognition as a symphonic composer, Price's music reflects her cultural heritage and her commitment to breaking barriers. Her compositions are characterized by their lush harmonies and rhythmic vitality.

Famous pieces:

Symphony No. 1, "Dances in the Canebrakes," "The Oak"

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June 3, 1953

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April 9, 1887

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