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Florence Price

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Background

Florence Price was a classical music composer born to a mixed race family that was real respected despite the racial tensions of the time period. She moved to Atlanta in 1910.

Accomplishments

Her accomplishments include:

  • Becoming the head of Clark Atlanta University’s music department
  • Induction into the American Society of Composers in 1949
  • First African American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer
  • First African American woman to have her work performed by a major symphony

Musical Style

Although Florence Price was trained in European traditions, her southern roots still emerged in her compositions. She was known to incorporate African American spirituals. Her melodies also fused blues-inspired melodies and European Romantic techniques.

Her MusicĀ 

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