Fort Smith Symphony & John Jeter – Price: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4 (2019)
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Florence Price was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and studied at the New England Conservatory, but it was in Chicago that her composing career accelerated. The concert in 1933 at which her Symphony No. 2 in E minor was premiered was the first time a major American orchestra had performed a piece written by an African American woman. Influenced by Dvorak and Coleridge-Taylor, she drew on the wellspring of Negro spirituals and vernacular dances, full of lyricism and syncopation. The Symphony No. 4 in D minordemonstrates her tight ensemble writing, her distinct sense of orchestral color, her Ellingtonian ‘jungle style’ language and her penchant for the ‘juba’ dance.
Founded in 1923, the Fort Smith Symphony is the oldest orchestra in the state of Arkansas. The orchestra is a per-service professional ensemble drawn from musicians throughout the region.
01. Symphony No. 1 in E Minor: I. Allegro ma non troppo
02. Symphony No. 1 in E Minor: II. Largo, maestoso
03. Symphony No. 1 in E Minor: III. Juba Dance
04. Symphony No. 1 in E Minor: IV. Finale
05. Symphony No. 4 in D Minor: I. Tempo moderato
06. Symphony No. 4 in D Minor: II. Andante cantabile
07. Symphony No. 4 in D Minor: III. Juba Dance
08. Symphony No. 4 in D Minor: IV. Scherzo
Fort Smith Symphony
John Jeter, conductor