Black History Month Celebration: Performance Playlist - Entrada

February 24, 2022

Black History Month Celebration: Performance Playlist

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In honor of Black History Month, Entrada is pleased to release a playlist of Fred Karpoff’s performances of pieces by Black composers!
Access the full playlist on YouTube.
The playlist includes 10 piano pieces, including: Ticklin’ Toes by Florence Price (1887-1953).

When her Symphony No. 1 was premiered by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1933, Florence Price became the first Black female composer to have a symphony performed by a major American orchestra. She composed well over one hundred pieces for piano solo, including the Sonata in E Minor, four extended works entitled Fantasie nègre, Dances in the Canebrakes, and numerous teaching pieces.

“Ticklin’ Toes” is from Three Little Negro Dances, for which Price wrote the following program notes:

“In all types of Negro music, rhythm is of preeminent importance. In the dance, it is a compelling, onward-sweeping force that tolerates no interruption.”

Price’s total compositional output numbers over 300 works, including symphonies, concertos, art songs, chamber works, and settings of spirituals.

We hope you enjoy this playlist and encourage you to share it with anyone who may find joy in it, too!
The following composers are also featured:

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