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Florence Price

Florence Price (1887–1953) was the first African-American woman to have an orchestral work performed by a major orchestra (Symphony in E minor, premiered by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1933). Price is best known for her songs, which have been performed by leading singers, including Marian Anderson and Leontyne Price. “Song to the Dark Virgin” and “Night” are two of her greatest vocal works, set to texts by Langston Hughes and Louise C. Wallace, respectively.