Friday, February 14, 2020
The Heart Of A Woman
Author: Rae Linda Brown
The Heart of a Woman offers the first-ever biography of Florence B. Price, a composer whose career spanned both the Harlem and Chicago Renaissances, and the first African American woman to gain national recognition for her works. Price's twenty-five years in Chicago formed the core of a working life that saw her create three hundred works in diverse genres, including symphonies and orchestral suites, art songs, vocal and choral music, and arrangements of spirituals. Through interviews and a wealth of material from public and private archives, Rae Linda Brown illuminates Price's major works while exploring the considerable depth of her achievement. Brown also traces the life of the extremely private individual from her childhood in Little Rock through her time at the New England Conservatory, her extensive teaching, and her struggles with racism, poverty, and professional jealousies. In addition, Brown provides musicians and scholars with dozens of musical examples
Would I recommend it? Yes
Would I read anything else from this author? No
While I do love reading nonfiction unfortunately this is one type of nonfiction I don't read hardly if any of .In fact the only other one I've ever read was a book about the person who write the greenbrae song , so going into this one I had no idea who Florence B.Price was or anything about her music ,in fact I've never even heard of her until I picked this book up to read , I do have to say that it's a
very solid and well-written introduction to the life and works of composer Florence Price.And the author seemed to do her research her, but for some unknown reason she just didn't bring her to life, and the book at times made me want to put it down. Maybe it was the author's writing style or just something about the story but it just felt like I was reading something for class , over all it was still a good introduction to a musical artist and her life .With that said I want to thank Netgalley for letting me read and review it .
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