Songs to the Dark Virgin

Alternate Title

  • None1

Composition Year

  • 1935
  • October 17, 1941, G. Schirmer, Inc., E pub. 98821


  • Piano and medium or high voice


  • 2 min.

Lyricist and Source


Premiere Performance

  • Earliest known: November 19, 1939; Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, Vermont; Marian Anderson, contralto; Kosti Vehanen, piano.2
  • New York: November 29, 1939; Carnegie Hall, New York City; Marian Anderson, contralto; Kosti Vehanen, piano.

Published Editions


  • Under Construction

Thematic Incipits


  1. 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.
  2. Durrant, Elizabeth. “Chicago Renaissance Women: Black Feminism in the Careers and Songs of Florence Price and Margaret Bonds.” MA thesis, University of North Texas, 2021.
  3. Green, Mildred Denby. Black Women Composers: A Genesis. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1983. (Based on the author’s dissertation.)
  4. Hsieh, Meng-Chieh (Mavis). “A Stylistic and Comparative Analysis of Selected Art Songs by Florence Price and Margaret Bonds.” DMA diss., University of Hartford, 2019.
  5. Mashego, Shana Thomas. “Music from the Soul of Woman: The influence of the African American Presbyterian and Methodist Traditions on the Classical Compositions of Florence Price and Dorothy Rudd Moore.” DMA diss., University of Arizona, 2010.
  6. Peters, Penelope. “Deep Rivers: Selected Songs of Florence Price and Margaret Bonds.Canadian university music review/Revue de musique des universités canadiennes 16 (1995): 74–95.
  7. Rodriguez, James D. and Gwendolyn Alfred. “A Brief Overview of Selected Art Songs by Black Female Composers for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Students.” Journal of Singing 77 (2021): 605–17.
  8. Shadle, Douglas. “Plus Ça Change: Florence B. Price in the #BlackLivesMatter Era.NewMusicBox. February 20, 2019.
  9. Smith, Bethany Jo. “‘Song to the Dark Virgin’: Race and Gender in Five Art Songs of Florence B. Price.” MM thesis, University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, 2007.


  1. Some commentators erroneously refer to this piece as Song to the Dark Virgin. The first word should be plural. 

  2. This piece is bound with “My Dream,” “Songs to the Dark Virgin,” “Ardella,” and “Dream Ships.”  2