Poster Florence Price
Florence Beatrice Smith Price
University of Arkansas
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Composer Florence Price was also an excellent organist. In the 1930s, she played organ for silent films and radio shows in Chicago—and she wrote for the organ as well. We'll hear a Passacaglia and Fugue for organ by Florence Price on today's show.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Peter Tchaikovsky, arr. Walter Wollenweber: Nocturne
Sol Gabetta, cello | Munich Radio Orchestra | Ari Rasilainen, conductor
Album: Sol Gabetta plays Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saens and Ginastera
RCA 675951

Margi Griebling-Haigh: Rhapsody for Violin and Piano
Peter Otto, violin | Randall Fusco, piano
Cleveland Composers Guild, Drinko Recital Hall, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH

Alexander Zemlinsky: The Mermaid: Movement 1
The Orchestra Now | Leon Botstein, conductor
Bard College and The Orchestra Now, Sosnoff Theatre at The Fisher Center for The Performing Arts, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Florence Price: Passacaglia & Fugue
Alan Morrison, organ
Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA

Hour 2

Ernest Bloch: At Sea
Lara Downes, piano
Album: America Again
Dorian 92207

Bedrich Smetana: Vltava (The Moldau)
Texas Festival Orchestra | Michelle Merrill, conductor
Round Top Music Festival, Festival Concert Hall, Round Top, TX

Harry T. Burleigh: From the Southland: Movements 1, 2, 5, 6
Lara Downes, piano
Brevard Music Center, Parker Concert Hall, Brevard, NC

Richard Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Numberg Suite, Wwv 96
National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic | David Neely, conductor
National Orchestral Institute + Festival, Elsie and Marvin Dekelboum Concert Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, College Park, MD

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