This collection of newly-discovered works by the pioneering African American composer Florence Price offers revelatory insights into our collective American history.
A vibrant creative presence in her time, Price made history in 1933 as the first black female composer ever to be performed by a major American orchestra. Marian Anderson sang Price’s arrangement of My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord at the historic 1939 Lincoln Memorial concert.
Price drew inspiration for her concert music from the rich tradition of African American Spirituals, weaving into her compositions the threads of a musical fabric that connects centuries and generations, originating in the chapels, cotton fields and slave cabins of the Deep South, traveling North with the Great Migration, and accompanying the freedom marches of the Civil Rights Movement.
Known for her intuitive and eloquent explorations of the sounds of America, Lara Downes is a leading interpreter and champion of Florence Price’s music. Her recording of Price’s Fantasie Negre #1, on her 2016 album America Again, was praised by NPR Music as “combining virtuoso techniques with the aching lyricism of a spiritual”, and the Boston Globe wrote: “Listen, and hear America singing”.
Here, along with some special guests (TBA), she joins the centuries of voices calling for freedom, equality and brotherhood “some of these days”.
Some Of These Days - Fantasie Negre #2 - Fantasie Negre #4 - Peter Go Ring Dem Bells - Go Down Moses - Troubled In My Mind - My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord - Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen - Swing Low Sweet Chariot - Let Us Cheer the Weary Traveler - My Little Soul's Goin' To Shine - Wade in the Water