A Rediscovered African-American Female Composer Gets a Publisher


In 1933, the composer Florence Price became the first African-American woman to have a symphony performed by a major American orchestra. But her work faded from concert halls over the years.

Her music has been rediscovered recently, particularly after a trove her manuscripts was discovered in 2009, in her former summer home outside Chicago. And, on Thursday, the music publisher G. Schirmer announced that it had acquired the worldwide rights to her catalog.

“It’s my hope that Florence Price’s contribution to the canon of American music will finally be recognized and properly assessed,” Robert Thompson, the president of G. Schirmer, wrote in an email. “She has been neglected for too long.”

Price, who was born in 1887 to a middle-class family in Little Rock, Ark., became a prominent…

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