Sonata in E Minor

Alternate Title

  • Sonata in E Minor for Pianoforte

Composition Year

  • 19321
  • February 16, 1959, Florence Price, EU565746


  • Solo piano


  • 19 min.


Premiere Performance

  • First Movement: July 19332
  • Full Sonata: Unknown3

Published Editions


  • Under Construction

Thematic Incipits

  • In Progress


  1. Brown, Rae Linda. “Florence B. Price and Margaret Bonds: The Chicago Years.” Black Music Research Journal 12 (Fall 1990): 11–14.
  2. Brown, Rae Linda. The Heart of a Woman: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price. Music in American Life. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2020.
  3. Ege, Samantha. “The Aesthetics of Florence Price: Negotiating the Dissonances of a New World Nationalism.” PhD diss., University of York (UK), 2020.
  4. Floyd, Samuel A., Jr. The Power of Black Music: Interpreting Its History from Africa to the United States. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.
  5. Holzer, Linda Ruth. “Selected Solo Piano Music of Florence B. Price (1887–1963).” DMA diss., Florida State University, 1995.
  6. Jackson, Barbara Garvey. “Florence Price, Composer.The Black Perspective in Music 5 (1977): 30–43.
  7. Maxile, Horace J., Jr. “Culture and Craft in Florence Price’s Piano Sonata in E Minor (First Movement).” In Analytical Essays on Music by Women Composers: Concert Music, 1900–1960, edited by Laurel Parsons and Brenda Ravenscroft, 139–63. New York: Oxford University Press, 2022.
  8. Peebles, Sarah Louise. “The Use of the Spiritual in the Piano Works of Two African American Women composers—Florence B. Price and Margaret Bonds.” DA diss., University of Mississippi, 2008.
  9. Shelton, Theresa Lorraine. “Idiosyncrasies of Music Narrative: Hypotheses for Further Investigation.” PhD diss., Indiana University, 1997.
  10. Walker-Hill, Helen. “Music by Black Women Composers at the American Music Research Center.” American Music Research Center Journal 2 (1992): 23–52.


  1. This piece won first prize for solo instrumental work in the 1932 Rodman Wanamaker competition. 

  2. Illinois Host House program in Claude Barnett Papers 

  3. Pianist Althea Waites began performing the sonata using copies from the manuscript in MC988 (listed above) around 1986. One of her first performances, according to the Los Angeles Times (February 2, 1986), occurred at Murphy Recital Hall, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California, on February 7, 1986.