Classical Music

BSO spotlights neglected African-American composer Florence Price

BSO spotlights neglected African-American composer Florence Price

Friday night’s Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concert proved rewarding in many ways, not the least that it opened with a piece by Florence Price, a trailblazer as an African-American woman in the first half of the 20th century.

That this Arkansas-born composer — whose output includes symphonies, concertos and much more — gets so little attention says a lot about what needs fixing in the classical music world.

Price, who died in 1953, has received a flurry of interest lately, especially in the New York press, along with a few new recordings. Perhaps this will help spur more lasting attention.

She is hardly alone in being neglected, of course. Female composers still...

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