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News - New Florence Price Titles Available from G. Schirmer

R.D. Tones, via University Libraries Digital Collection
at the University of Arkansas
Thursday, May 2, 2019

Following G. Schirmer's 2018 acquisition of the worldwide rights to Florence Price's incredible catalog, our production team has created newly engraved performance materials to the majority of her orchestral works, including symphonies, tone poems, and concerti, with more to come. Her music is to be widely performed in the 2019-2020 season, including on subscription programs by The Cleveland Orchestra, and the Chicago, Baltimore, and New York Youth Symphony Orchestras.

"Orchestras and audiences across the globe are quickly learning why Florence Price's unique musical voice has made a triumphant resurgence on the concert stage: She, too, sings America. At once new and familiar, reflective and visionary, insistent and prayerful, profound and elegant, Price's music overflows from the wellspring of her experiences as an African American woman living and creating under Jim Crow.

"Building on longstanding efforts to resurrect Price's legacy from obscurity, G. Schirmer has taken up the mantle of setting her rightful place at the table alongside Olly Wilson, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Gabriela Lena Frank, Elliott Carter, and many other iconic American composers in its catalog. Indeed, Price is America. A voice worth hearing. A voice everyone should know."
Douglas W. Shadle, Associate Professor and Chair, Musicology, Vanderbilt University

In an effort to provide further context around Price's life and works, we will soon be able to share an extended dialog between esteemed Price musicologist Douglas W. Shadle and pianist, scholar, and educator Samantha Ege, who has recorded two of Price's solo piano compositions, and is at work on a doctoral dissertation on Price at the University of York.

Explore perusal scores and audio links for many Price works below, along with selected writings from Shadle, Ege, and the late, great Rae Linda Brown, whose scholarship on Price, William Grant Still, and others laid the groundwork for our efforts of the present.

SCORES AND RECORDINGS
The Oak
15', 3+pic.2+ca.2+bcl.2+cbn/4.3.3.1/timp.4perc/hp/str
Score | Spotify
 
Mississippi River Suite
28', 3+pic.2+ca.2+bcl.2+cbn/4.3.3.1/timp.4perc/hp/str
Score | Spotify
 
Concert Overture No. 1
15', 3.2.2.2/4.3.3.1/timp.4perc/str
Score
 
Ethiopia's Shadow in America
14', 2+pic.2.2.2/4.2.3.1/timp.4perc/cel/str
Score
 
Violin Concerto No. 1
25', solo violin + 2.2.2.2/0.2.0.0/timp/str
Score | Spotify
 
Violin Concerto No. 2
14', solo violin + 2.1+ca.2.2/4.2.3.1/timp.3perc/hp.pf/str
Score | Spotify
 
Suite of Dances
6', 2.0.2.1/2.2[=cnt].0.0/timp.4perc/str
Score
 
Symphony No. 1 in E Minor
40', 2+2pic.2.2.2/4.2.3.1/timp.perc/str
Score | Spotify
 
Symphony No. 3 in C Minor
22', 3+pic.2+ca.2+bcl.2/4.3.3.1/timp.perc/hp/str
Score | Spotify
 
Symphony No. 4 in D Minor
31', 3+pic.2+ca.2+bcl.2/4.3.2+btbn.1/timp.2perc/cel.hp/str
Score | Spotify

SELECTED WRITINGS ON PRICE
Samantha Ege: Music Herstories
Rae Linda Brown: Lifting the Veil: The Symphonies of Florence B. Price
Douglas W. Shadle: liner notes, world premiere recordings of Price's violin concerti
Michael Cooper, The New York Times: G. Schirmer's 2018 acquisition of the worldwide rights to Florence Price's catalog

For more information on Florence Price, please contact Rachel Sokolow — rachel.sokolow@schirmer.com — and watch this space for future updates.

 


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