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How an unlikely discovery revived the work of Florence Price, a pioneering African-American composer

Price was the first black female composer to ever have her music played by a major American orchestra. Violinist Er-Gene Kahng talks about her life and music.
Florence Price was the first black female composer to ever have her music played by a major American orchestra. Violinist Er-Gene Kahng talks about her life and music. (University of Arkansas Libraries Special Collections, submitted by Er-Gene Kahng)
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Originally published on April 6, 2018

You may not know her name, but Florence Price was the first black female composer to ever have her music played by a major American orchestra. She's now being honoured after a trove of her forgotten work was discovered in Chicago. We hear from Er-Gene Kahng, a violin professor who was so moved by Price's newly discovered music that she was compelled to record and perform them live.

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