One year ago today I heard the music of Florence Price for the first time and my world changed forever.
In my eyes Florence Price is simply the greatest composer of all time. It’s not just her music, which is the most beautiful I’ve ever heard, Florence Price fought against every possible prejudice and tackled every injustice. Her perseverance and stamina is astounding in addition to the wide range of mediums for which she wrote. Not only this but both she and I are mixed race women and I can’t help feel a connection. Florence Price is an inspiration, she will always be my role model and guiding light.
To celebrate this important anniversary I’m introducing a new monthly segment on my show called Fun With Florence. On the 4th week of every month, starting this Tuesday, I’ll be playing one of her incredible pieces and talking about this phenomenal person. I’ll be exploring her life, work, accomplishments and the myriad of reasons why she inspires me and many other people around the world.
On Tuesday I’m starting with a very special recording from pianist and fellow Price champion Samantha Ege.
In the meantime the first piece of Florence Price I heard was her Symphony in. E Minor.