Fantasie Nègre No.3 in F Minor by Florence Price performed by Samantha Ege

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From The Chicago Black Renaissance: Lives & Legacies in Music available on @TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities

From the album Fantasie Nègre: The Piano Music of Florence Price

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This is a beautiful and interesting piece of music that should join the standard piano repertoire. Your performance is wonderful and the recording sounds fabulous. The story behind its discovery only adds to the allure. Thank you for your hard work bringing this music to light!

Author — Matthew Vaughan

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What a gorgeous and incredible gift for the listener to hear your masterful interpretation of this beautiful work. Thank you for this amazing performance!!

Author — Kimberly Osberg

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A wonderful piece and so moving. Amazing it has been rediscovered for everyone to enjoy again

Author — Keshi G

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It was definitely meant for you to find Ms. Price’s music & be the one to play it in this season 😊. Excellent job, Ms. Ege!!

Author — Monica Smith

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Everything about this is really beautiful - the story, the music, the performance, the performer.... I'm not a musician, I just followed the BBC news link, I was keen to end the news with something uplifting & can now go off to bed in a much better frame of mind than when I was reading the news! Sending the performer very best wishes all the way from Scotland 💞

Author — Rachel Maxwell

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Thank goodness this piece hasn't been lost. It's up there with Gershwin as a testimony to resilience.

Author — Rob Boss

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This is beautiful. Thank you for bringing it with such glorious technique and passion!

Author — Emma Weaver

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Wonderful piece. We are from a musical family. So inspiring.

Author — Delores James

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Here for this ✊ I love that you're championing the long lost work of a brilliant Black female classical composer. Wonderful. My thoughts on the piece: It's lovely in character, with themes, textures and harmonic explorations slightly reminiscent (to me) of Rachmaninoff. Quite a brilliant playing out of chromatic conflict between Eb/E natural and between Ab/A natural on multiple levels of the musical structure. Totally wild ending to this fascinating piece. By the closing third of the piece we've already modulated, clearly established the relative major and cadenced in it (Ab Major). But then in what must be the coda, during the glorious Eb (dominant) pedal point, the harmonic floor drops out - slipping through Edim7 to Fm and then sneakily to E Major (!) acting as a dominant to a shocking yet triumphant arrival on A major?! Legitimate late-game drama. A major blatantly asserting itself...Where did we go? Who's in charge? And then Bb Major wrests the triumph idea away from it (!!!), whisking us through ascending chromatic major chords to finally arrive on a celestial, placid cadence on E Major. We briefly settle above the clouds in this otherworldly harmony. But our ears know it can't be the end. And, smooth as you like, the old chromatic side-slip takes us back to reality as we simply fall by a semitone. Now we're back where we were before - and Eb dominant pedal delivering us back home to Ab Major. Eb-F-Ab in the melody reassure us where the home tonality really is, and this is further reinforced a few bars later with the even more convincing melodic figure F-G-Ab and the accompanying PAC. We finally close diatonically and convincingly in Ab Major. It seems like those earlier shocking chromatic conflicts ultimately help set up our ears to accept Ab Major as a convincing conclusion to a piece that started in (what is now the relative) F minor. Well found, well learned, and well played. Bravi 👏👏👏

Author — Brian Messemer

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An engaging, vigorous piece! Great work bringing it to light!

Author — Victoria Byrne

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It's an absolutely gorgeous composition. Thank you for playing it so wonderfully!

Author — Simon Lawrence

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PBS, please follow up with Ms Ege and make these compositions available to a wider audience!

Author — Mari H

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Ooooh Thanks a million for sharing. I read the article about this great lady and was curious about her music. Thank you for bringing to life in such a beautiful way. Thank you for sharing black culture the way it should ❤

Author — Jessy Sarazin

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Dear Ms. Ege; thank you for this wonderful performance; you help bring back Florence Price’s great music to us, finally!

Author — Henri Josserand

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Excellent performance. Thanks for sharing, and glad Ms. prince is getting some recognition. Just picked up your CD - looking forward to hearing more from the both of you.

Author — John McLachlan

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Beautiful! I've known Gottschalk's captivating salon-pieces for many years so I couldn't let this opportunity pass me by. I'm glad I didn't - noting in passing that I find this music of much greater stature.

Author — Terry Morris

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Its Got *_Classic Orchestra_*
but its got *SOUL* too!
Beautiful!!

Author — Zod Sinclair

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My son loves and plays music. Would love for you to give him some encouragement.

Author — Delores James

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Thank you SO much for sharing the results of your research - and what a fantastic result! 🥳👏💪 Do you have any plans to release Florence Price’s works as a CD/download at all? With much appreciation for your endeavours and talent 💐🎹🎼❤️

Author — Barkland Croft

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Thank you for highlighting the works of African American composers. I am familiar with Florence Price works and this is beautifully played.

Author — Francis R Fawkes