Symphony No. 1 in E Minor

Alternate Title

  • Symphony in E Minor
  • Symphony No. 3 in E Minor1

Composition Year

  • 1931–19322


  • 2+2pic.2.2.2 - - timp.3perc - strings


  • 40 min.


  • MC988: Florence Beatrice Smith Price Collection, Special Collections, Mullins Library, University of Arkansas
    • Score, complete: Box 6, Folder 1
    • Parts, complete: Box 3, Folders 6–14; Box 4, Folders 1–11; Box 5, Folders 1–7

Premiere Performance

  • June 15, 1933; Auditorium Theatre, Chicago; Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Frederick Stock, conductor

Published Editions

  • Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3. Edited by Rae Linda Brown and Wayne D. Shirley. Music of the United States of America 19. Recent Researches in American Music 66. Middleton, WI: Published for the American Musicological Society by A-R Editions, 2008.
  • Symphony No. 1 in E Minor. New York, NY: G. Schirmer, Inc., 2019.
  • Movement III only (concert band): Bocook, Jay, arr. Juba Dance. New York: G. Schirmer, Inc., 2022.


Thematic Incipits


  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. “Florence B. Price’s Negro Symphony.” In Temples for Tomorrow: Looking Back at the Harlem Renaissance, edited by Geneviève Fabre and Michael Feith, 84–98. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2001.
  3. 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.
  4. Brown, Rae Linda. “William Grant Still, Florence Price, and William Dawson: Echoes of the Harlem Renaissance.” In Black Music in the Harlem Renaissance: A Collection of Essays, edited by Samuel A. Floyd, 71–86. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1990.
  5. Ege, Samantha. “Composing a Symphonist: Florence Price and the Hand of Black Women’s Fellowship.Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture 24 (2020): 7–27.
  6. Farrah, Scott David. “Signifyin(g): A Semiotic Analysis of Symphonic Works by William Grant Still, William Levi Dawson, and Florence B. Price.” PhD diss., Florida State University, 2007.
  7. Hobbs, Erin. “Rehearing Florence Price: A Closer Look at Her Symphony in E Minor.” MM thesis, California State University, Long Beach, 2017.
  8. Jackson, Barbara Garvey. “Florence Price, Composer.The Black Perspective in Music 5 (1977): 30–43.
  9. McGinty, Doris Evans. A Documentary History of the National Association of Negro Musicians. Chicago: Center for Black Music Research, Columbia College Chicago, 2004.
  10. Morgan-Ellis, Esther, ed. Resonances: Engaging Music in Its Cultural Contexts. Dahlonega: University of North Georgia Press. Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International.
  11. Schenbeck, Lawrence. “Music, Gender, and ‘Uplift’ in the Chicago Defender, 1926–1937.Musical Quarterly 81 (1997): 344–70.
  12. Shadle, Douglas. “Plus Ça Change: Florence B. Price in the #BlackLivesMatter Era.NewMusicBox. Feb. 20, 2019.
  13. Villella, Frank. “125 Moments: 072 Price’s Symphony in E Minor.From the Archives: Musings from the Rosenthal Archives of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association. May 5, 2016.

Entry History

  • Submitted February 11, 2023


  1. One of Price’s daughters, Florence Louise Robinson, occasionally mixed up the first and third symphonies in her correspondence by referring to the E Minor symphony as No. 3. 

  2. The piece won first prize ($500) for the orchestral music category in the 1932 Rodman Wanamaker competition.