Busy Kids Love Music
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Episode 66: The Life and Music of Florence Price


In Episode #66 of Busy Kids Love Music, we step into the rich artistry of Women’s History Month to celebrate the extraordinary legacy of Florence Beatrice Price, a trailblazing female composer of African descent. Born in 1887 in Little Rock, Arkansas, Florence Price’s remarkable journey, blending European classical music with the traditions of the Black church, resulted in a repertoire of unique and incredible masterpieces.

Florence’s musical roots were nurtured by her parents. This support laid the foundation for Florence’s future achievements as a groundbreaking composer. As a musically-gifted young woman, she majored in piano and organ at the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music, graduating with honors—a remarkable accomplishment for any individual, especially for a woman of African descent in the early 20th century.

In this episode, we delve into the life and contributions of Florence Price, exploring the intersection of her classical training and the rich heritage of Black church traditions. Her ability to weave these influences into her compositions resulted in a body of work that is both culturally resonant and musically groundbreaking.

Join me in Episode #66 as we celebrate the brilliance of Florence Price during Women’s History Month. Whether you’re a young listener or a seasoned music lover, Busy Kids Love Music ensures that the exploration of diverse musical traditions is accessible and enjoyable for the whole family.

Other Episodes to Check Out During Women’s History Month:

Episode 15: Fanny Mendelssohn

Episode 16: Important Moments for Women in Music History

Episode 42: Clara Schumann

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

Florence B. Price “Adoration”

Florence Price – Fantasie Negre (1929)

Price: Symphony No. 1 in E Minor – II. Largo, maestoso

‘SWING LOW, SWEET CHARIOT’, from ‘Five Folksongs in Counterpoint | Florence B. Price

DSO – My Soul Been Anchored in the Lord – arr. Florence Price, orch. William Henry Curry (Premiere)

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 66

I’ve created a YouTube playlist for you with the music discussed in today’s episode along with some other arrangements of pieces of Florence Price’s music. Check it out here.

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