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How an unlikely discovery revived the work of pioneering composer Florence Price

Florence Price was the first Black female composer to have her music played by a major American orchestra. Violinist Er-Gene Kahng joined us to talk 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)

Originally published on April 6, 2018

You may not know her name, but Florence Price was the first Black female composer to 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. Violinist Er-Gene Kahng was so moved by Price's compositions that she was compelled to record and perform them live. She joined us to shine a light on the pioneering composer's life and music.

Produced by Shannon Higgins

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