Symphony No. 1 in E Minor

Alternate Title

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

Composition Year

  • 1931–19322


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  • 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.


  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.