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The Heart of a Woman: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price
by Rae Linda Brown
edited by Guthrie Ramsey
foreword by Guthrie Ramsey
afterword by Carlene J. Brown
University of Illinois Press, 2020
Cloth: 978-0-252-04323-9 | Paper: 978-0-252-08510-9 | eISBN: 978-0-252-05211-8
Library of Congress Classification ML410.P835B76 2020
Dewey Decimal Classification 780.92

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.

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