The Heart of a Woman: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price

The Heart of a Woman: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price

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Overview

The Heart of a Woman offers the first-ever biography of Florence B. Price, a composer whose career spanned both the Harlem and Chicago Renaissances, and the first African American woman to gain national recognition for her works.

Price's twenty-five years in Chicago formed the core of a working life that saw her create three hundred works in diverse genres, including symphonies and orchestral suites, art songs, vocal and choral music, and arrangements of spirituals. Through interviews and a wealth of material from public and private archives, Rae Linda Brown illuminates Price's major works while exploring the considerable depth of her achievement. Brown also traces the life of the extremely private individual from her childhood in Little Rock through her time at the New England Conservatory, her extensive teaching, and her struggles with racism, poverty, and professional jealousies. In addition, Brown provides musicians and scholars with dozens of musical examples.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780252043239
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 06/22/2020
Series: Music in American Life Series
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Rae Linda Brown was a professor at the University of Michigan and a professor and Robert and Marjorie Rawlins Chair of the Department of Music at the University of California, Irvine. She was the author of Music, Printed and Manuscript, in the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection of Negro Arts and Letters: An Annotated Catalog. She died in 2017. Guthrie P. Ramsey Jr. is the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Race Music: Black Cultures from Bebop to Hip-Hop and The Amazing Bud Powell: Black Genius, Jazz History, and the Challenge of Bebop.

Table of Contents

Foreword Guthrie P. Ramsey Jr. ix

Acknowledgments xvii

Sources xxi

Introduction 1

Part I Southern Roots

1 Family Ties 13

2 Little Rock: "The Negro Paradise" 20

3 The Pursuit of Education: Elementary and High School 32

4 The New England Conservatory of Music 40

5 Return to Little Rock 56

6 Clark University and Marriage 64

Part II The "Dean" of Negro Composers of the Midwest

7 VeeJay and the Black Metropolis 81

8 "My Souls Been Anchored in de Lord" 98

9 Black Satin Clothes at the Fair 104

10 Spirituals to Symphonies: A Century of Progress 115

11 The Symphony in E Minor 126

12 O Sing a New Song 146

13 The Piano Concerto in One Movement 158

14 Performing Again 169

15 Professional Recognition: Reconciling Gender, Class, and Race 179

16 The WPA Years 190

17 The Chicago Renaissance 201

18 The Symphony No. 3 208

19 Final Years: The Heart of a Woman 219

Postscript 237

Afterword Carlene J. Brown 239

Notes 243

Selected Bibliography 267

Discography 277

For Further Reading 283

Index 285

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