Seven Songs on Texts of African American Poets by Florence B. Price (Original Medium Keys)
Florence B. Price



These seven songs on texts of African American poets are milestones in the modern Florence Price movement, Black art song, and twentieth-century song generally. Based on poems by Paul Laurence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, Melvin B. Tolson, and Florence Price herself, they deal with topics including a courtship and romance among working-class Black folk, maternal love and longing, and the sources of artistic inspiration. Their style ranges from almost operatic drama through musical theater to the profound intimacy that is the special domain of art song. The composer shared the four Dunbar songs with the great contralto Marian Anderson (a friend), and submitted Brown Arms to the Wanamaker Competition in 1931 or 1932. This volume, based on Florence Price’s autographs, marks the songs’ world-premiere publication.  (Available in original keys for medium voice and transposition for high voice.) 

Florence B. Price
Seven Songs on Texts of African American Poets
(original keys / medium voice)

Edited by John Michael Cooper


Brown Arms (To Mother) (poem by [Florence B. Price]) 
Four Negro Songs (poems by Paul Laurence Dunbar)
1. Easy-goin’
2. Summah Night
3. Dat’s My Gal, or The Photograph
4. Goo’-bye, Jinks
Lullaby (For a Black Mother) (poem by Langston Hughes)
My Soul and I (poem by Melvin B. Tolson)

ClarNan Editions C127

Copyright (c) 2024 John Michael Cooper

Authorized performances of songs on YouTube


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