Price, Florence, 1887-1953

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Florence Beatrice Price (b. April 9, 1887, Little Rock, AK–d. June 3, 1953, Chicago, IL) was born to a well respected interracial couple. Her first piano performance was at age four and her first composition was published at 11. At 14, Price graduated from Capitol High School as valedictorian and enrolled in the New England Conservatory of Music. There she studied with George Chadwick and Frederick Converse, and graduated in 1906 with honors. In 1910, she became the head of Clark Atlanta University's music department. With her husband, Thomas J. Price, and her family, Price moved to Chicago as part of Great Migration.

In Chicago, Price studied composition, orchestration, and organ with leading teachers in the city including Arthur Olaf Andersen, Carl Busch, Wesley La Violette, and Leo Sowerby, and continued to write music compositions. After her divorce, Price lived with friend and student Margaret Bonds. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Frederick Stock, premiered her Symphony in E minor in 1933, making it the first composition by an African-American woman to be played by a major orchestra.

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creatorOf Price, Florence, 1887-1953. Sentimental moonlight / F.B. Price and Leo Marzullo. Library of Congress
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1888-1953. My little soul's goin' to shine : Negro spiritual / arranged by Florence B. Price. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1888-1953. The poet and his song / [words by] Paul Laurence Dunbar ; [music by] Florence B. Price. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1888-1953. A song of living / words by Amelia Josephine Burr ; music by Florence B. Price. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1888-1953. The glory of the day was in her face / words by Jas. Weldon Johnson ; music by Florence B. Price. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1888-1953. Bewilderment / [words by] Langston Hughes ; [music by] Florence B. Price. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1887-1953. You're in my heart to stay / words by Le Roy De Gregory ; music by Vee Jay (Florence B. Price). Library of Congress
referencedIn Florence Beatrice Smith Price (1887-1953) : correspondence, musical scores, and other papers, 1906-1975. University of Arkansas - Fayetteville, University Libraries
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1888-1953. Rise mourners : Negro spiritual / arranged by Florence B. Price. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1888-1953. The poet and his song / [words by] Paul Laurence Dunbar ; [music by] Florence B. Price. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1888-1953. What's the use? / words by Paul Laurence Dunbar ; music by Florence B. Price. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1888-1953. Ships that pass in the night / [words by] Paul Laurence Dunbar ; [music by] Florence B. Price. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Papers of Nicholas Gerren, 1929-1984, 1929-1984 University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Kansas Collection.
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1888-1953. A white rose / Jno. Boyle O'Reilly ; Florence B. Price. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1888-1953. I am bound for the kingdom / [arr. by Florence B. Price]. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1887-1953. Symphony #3 in C minor / Florence B. Price. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1887-1953. Hitch up your belts boys! / music & lyric by Florence B. Price & Charles J. Johnson. Library of Congress
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1888-1953. Go down Moses : Negro folksong / arr. by Florence B. Price. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1888-1953. Night / words by Louise C. Wallace ; music by Florence B. Price. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1888-1953. Save me Lord save me : Negro spiritual / arr. by Florence B. Price. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1888-1953. You won't meet a man like Jesus / arranged by Florence B. Price. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1887-1953. Sea-gulls / Florence B. Price ; [words by] Nora Holland. New England Conservatory of Music, Harriet M. Spaulding Library
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1888-1953. Some o' these days : Negro folk song / arr. by Florence B. Price. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn University of Arkansas. Correspondence with Marian Anderson, 1974. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1887-1953. To my little son [for voice and piano] Words by Julia Johnson Davis. Eastman School of Music
creatorOf Walker-Hill, Helen. Collection. 1887- Columbia College Chicago
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1888-1953. Pittance / words by Don Vincent Gray ; music by Florence B. Price. Who grope with love for hands / Samuel Hoffenstein ; Florence B. Price. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1888-1953. An April day / [words by] Jos. F. Cotter ; [music by] Florence B. Price. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1888-1953. Foggy night / Sjanna Solum ; Florence B. Price. They lie, they lie / David Morton ; Florence B. Price. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1887-1953. Symphony in E minor / Florence Price. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1888-1953. Beside the sea / [words by] Paul Laurence Dunbar ; [music by] Florence B. Price. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn A.P. Schmidt Company. A.P. Schmidt Company archives, 1869-1958 (bulk 1895-1920). Library of Congress
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1887-1953. Evening : impromptu for organ / Florence B. Price. Indiana University
referencedIn Smith, Irene Britton. Papers, 1932-1999. Columbia College Chicago
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1888-1953. Fantasie negre : e min. : for pianoforte / by Florence B. Price. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1888-1953. My neighbor / [words by] Paul Laurence Dunbar ; [music by] Florence B. Price. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Serge Koussevitzky Archive, 1920-1976, (bulk 1924-1951) Music Division Library of Congress
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1888-1953. Songs / Florence B. Price. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1887-1953. Travel's end. [Voice and piano]. [Words by] Mary Folwell Hoisington. Eastman School of Music
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1888-1953. The envious wren / [words by] Alice & Phoebe Carey ; [music by] Florence B. Price. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1888-1953. I'm goin' to lay down my heavy load : Negro folk song / arr. by Florence B. Price. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1888-1953. Sympathy / words by Paul Laurence Dunbar ; music by Florence B. Price. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1887-1953. An elf on a moonbeam : retrospection / Florence B. Price. Indiana University
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1887-1953. Symphony no. 3, C minor / Florence Price. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1888-1953. Your leafy voice / Mrs. Marion Doyle ; Florence B. Price. Words for a spiritual / Capricorn ; Florence B. Price. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1887-1953. Suite of dances / Florence B. Price. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1888-1953. The heart of a woman / words by Georgia Douglas Johnson ; music by Florence B. Price. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1888-1953. Correspondence with Marian Anderson, 1936-1944. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1888-1953. Songs for medium voice / by Florence B. Price ; words by Langston Hughes. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1888-1953. Two traditional Negro spirituals : as sung by the slave grandmother of Fannie Carter Woods, Chicago, Ill. / arranged by Florence B. Price. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1887-1953. Sunset / words by Odessa P. Elder ; music by Florence B. Price. Library of Congress
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1887-1953. Flame [for piano]. Eastman School of Music
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1887-1953. Let's give love another try / words by Le Roy De Gregory ; music by Vee Jay (Florence B. Price). Library of Congress
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1888-1953. Songs to the dark virgin / words by Langton [sic] Hughes ; music by Florence B. Price. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1887-1953. Lake mirror [for piano]. Eastman School of Music
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1887-1953. Just to be near you / words by Le Roy De Gregory ; music by Vee Jay. Library of Congress
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1888-1953. Because / [words by] Paul Laurence Dunbar ; [music by] Florence B. Price. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1888-1953. The washerwoman / words by Otto Leland Bohanan ; music by Florence B. Price. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1888-1953. My soul's been anchored in the Lord : Negro spiritual / arr. by Florence B. Price ; for orchestra by Jacob M. Velt. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1887-1953. Just a dream that never came true / words by Frank Blaha ; music by Florence Price. Library of Congress
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1887-1953. Fantasie negre : E min. (for pianoforte) / by Florence B. Price. Library of Congress
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1888-1953. Wander thirst / words by Gerald Gould ; music by Florence B. Price. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1888-1953,. My soul's been anchored in the Lord : Negro spiritual : arranged for contralto and orchestra / by Florence B. Price. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1887-1953. Then I found Heaven when I found you / words by Bonnie McCallister [i.e. McAllister] ; music by Florence B. Price. Library of Congress
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1887-1953. If I didn't love you / words by Le Roy De Gregory ; music by Vee Jay. Library of Congress
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1887-1953. Sympathy, [for voice and piano] Words by Paul Laurence Dunbar. Eastman School of Music
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1887-1953. God gives me you / words by Nora Connelly ; music by Florence B. Price. Library of Congress
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1888-1953. God gives me you : a wedding song / words by Nora Connelly ; music by Florence B. Price. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1888-1953. Three songs : medium / words by Langston Hughes ; music by Florence B. Price. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1888-1953. I grew a rose / [words by] Paul Laurence Dunbar ; [music by] Florence B. Price. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1887-1953. Hour glass / Florence B. Price. Indiana University
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alumnusOrAlumnaOf American Conservatory of Music (Chicago, Ill.) corporateBody
memberOf American society of composers, authors and publishers corporateBody
associatedWith Andersen, Arthur Olaf, 1880-1958 person
associatedWith Anderson, Marian, 1897-1993 person
correspondedWith A.P. Schmidt Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Blaha, Frank. person
associatedWith Bohanan, Otto Leland person
associatedWith Bonds, Margaret person
associatedWith Burr, Amelia Josephine, b. 1878 person
associatedWith Busch, Carl, 1862-1943 person
associatedWith Capricorn. person
associatedWith Cary, Alice, 1820-1871 person
associatedWith Cary, Phoebe, 1824-1871 person
associatedWith Chadwick, George Whitefield person
alumnusOrAlumnaOf Chicago Musical College. corporateBody
associatedWith Chicago symphony orchestra corporateBody
alumnusOrAlumnaOf Chicago Teachers College corporateBody
employeeOf Clark University (Atlanta, Ga.) corporateBody
associatedWith Connelly, Nora. person
associatedWith Converse, F. S. (Frederick Shepherd), 1871-1940 person
associatedWith Cotter, Joseph Seamon, 1895-1919 person
associatedWith Davis, Julia Johnson. person
associatedWith De Gregory, Le Roy. person
associatedWith Doyle, Marion person
associatedWith Dunbar, Paul Laurence, 1872-1906 person
associatedWith Elder, Odessa P. person
correspondedWith Gerren, Nicholas L'Ouverture person
associatedWith Gould, Gerald, 1885-1936 person
associatedWith Gray, Don Vincent person
associatedWith Hoffenstein, Samuel, 1889-1947 person
associatedWith Hoisington, Mary Folwell, 1874- person
associatedWith Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967 person
associatedWith Johnson, Charles J. person
associatedWith Johnson, Georgia Douglas, d. 1966 person
associatedWith Johnson, James Weldon, 1871-1938 person
correspondedWith Koussevitzky, Serge, 1874-1951 person
associatedWith LaViolette, Wesley person
associatedWith Marzullo, Leo. person
associatedWith McAllister, Bonnie. person
associatedWith Morton, David, 1886-1957 person
alumnusOrAlumnaOf New England Conservatory of Music corporateBody
associatedWith O'Reilly, John Boyle, 1844-1890 person
correspondedWith Smith, Irene Britton. person
associatedWith Solum, Sjanna person
associatedWith Sowerby, Leo person
associatedWith University of Arkansas. corporateBody
alumnusOrAlumnaOf University of Chicago. corporateBody
associatedWith Walker-Hill, Helen person
associatedWith Wallace, Louise C. person
associatedWith Women's Philharmonic. corporateBody
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Little Rock AR US
Subject
War songs
Fantasias (Piano)
Piano music
Songs (Medium voice) with instrumental ensemble--Scores and parts
Wedding music
Choruses, Secular (Women's voices, 4 parts) with instrumental ensemble
Chamber orchestra music--Scores and parts
Organ music
Music by women composers
Suites (Chamber orchestra)--Scores and parts
Symphonies--Excerpts--Scores and parts
Sacred songs (Medium voice) with piano
Music--Manuscripts--Facsimiles
Spirituals (Songs)
Women composers
African Americans--Music
Popular music--1931-1940
Songs (medium voice) with piano
Songs with piano
Popular music--1941-1950
Composition (Music)
Symphonies--Scores
Orchestral music--Scores and parts
Symphonies--Scores and parts
Occupation
Arrangers
Pianists
College teachers
Composers
Music teachers
Arrangers (Musicians)
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Birth 1887-04-09

Death 1953-06-03

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