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8 black composers who changed the course of classical music history | Classic FM

From Scott Joplin to Florence Price, the music of these brilliant composers has too long been neglected in Western classical music tradition. We’re celebrating the most famous and influential black composers in classical music history. Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745 – 1799) Dubbed ‘le Mozart noir’ (‘Black Mozart’), the Chevalier de Saint-Georges is remembered as the first classical composer of African origins. Born to a wealthy plantation owner and his African slave, Saint-Georges was a prolific composer who wrote string quartets, symphonies and concertos in the late 18th century. He also led one of the best orchestras in Europe […]

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Violinist Who Made Premiere Recording Of Florence Price Works Comes To Sacramento | Capital Public Radio

Kevin Doherty, Capital Public Radio Courtesy of Er-Gene Kahng. Featured Image 1933 composer Florence Price became the first African American woman to have her composition premiered by a major American orchestra, the Chicago Symphony. Highly respected during her career, Price’s name and music became increasingly obscure over time. That began to change last year when a recording of two long-lost Price concertos was released. The violinist featured on the CD is Er-Gene Kahng, who has devoted a great deal of study to Price’s life and legacy. Here’s how Kahng describes Price’s distinctly American musical style. “She thought about ways in […]

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Welcoming a Black Female Composer Into the Canon. Finally. | The New York Times “Florence Price is a representation in music of what it means to be a black artist living within a white canon and trying to work within the classical realm...”

“Florence Price is a representation in music of what it means to be a black artist living within a white canon and trying to work within the classical realm…”

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