Happy International Women’s Day! In honor of this day and National Black Women in Jazz month, let’s learn about a few incredible black female composers that have made significant contributions to the world of classical music.
Florence Price is an American composer, pianist, and music educator. She was the first black woman in the United States to have a symphony performed by a major orchestra. She composed over 300 works, including symphonies, chamber music, and art songs.
Florence Price, Symphony No.1 in Eminor: This was the first symphony by a black woman to be performed by a major American Orchestra.
Margaret Bonds was an American composer, pianist, and educator. She studied with Florence Price and her works include orchestral pieces, art songs, and choral music, which often blended classical music with African American spirituals, folk songs, and blues.
Margaret Bonds, “Three Dream Portraits”: A song cycle for voice and piano
Jessie Montgomery an American composer and violinist. Her work often combine classical music with another genre or style such as jazz, folk, and pop. Her works have been performed by many of the world's leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the San Francisco Symphony.
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