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Price: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4 / Jeter, Fort Smith Symphony


Release Date: 01/11/2019 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559827  
Composer:  Florence Beatrice Price
Conductor:  John Jeter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fort Smith SymphonyFort Worth Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Florence Price was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and studied at the New England Conservatory, but it was in Chicago that her composing career accelerated. The concert in 1933 at which her Symphony No. 1 in E minor was premiered was the first time a major American orchestra had performed a piece written by an African American woman. Influenced by Dvorak and Coleridge-Taylor, she drew on the wellspring of Negro spirituals and vernacular dances, full of lyricism and syncopation. The Symphony No. 4 in D minor demonstrates her tight ensemble writing, her distinct sense of orchestral color, her Ellingtonian ‘jungle style’ language and her penchant for the ‘juba’ dance. Founded in 1923, the Fort Smith Symphony is the oldest orchestra in the state Read more of Arkansas. The orchestra is a per-service professional ensemble drawn from musicians throughout the region. The orchestra performs classics, pops and educational concerts in the ArcBest Performing Arts Center in downtown Fort Smith. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in E minor by Florence Beatrice Price
Conductor:  John Jeter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fort Smith Symphony
Period: 20th Century 
Written: United States 
2.
Symphony No. 4 in D Minor by Florence Beatrice Price
Conductor:  John Jeter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: United States 

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