Celebrating Amy Beach and Florence Price
May 8 @ 7:30 pmFree
Clara Yang, piano
Sunmi Chang, violin
Amy Beach | Romance for Violin and Piano, Op. 23
Amy Beach | Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Minor, Op. 34 (1896)
Florence Price | Fantasy No. 1
As part of our project featuring music by women composers, violinist Sunmi Chang and I originally planned for an in-person concert at UNC. Due to the pandemic, we have started our journey with remote collaborations. The first American woman to write a symphony, Amy Beach’s Romance and Sonata for Violin and Piano were written in the rich 19th-century Romantic harmonic language. Florence Price was a brilliant composer who lived in the Jim Crow era. She endured a battle with systemic racism and sexism throughout her life. Her Fantasy No. 1 is a synthesis of the post-Romantic style and the melodic and harmonic idioms of the African American folksong.
-Associate Professor Clara Yang
This pre-recorded concert will be premiered on the department’s YouTube channel. It is free to all and will be available for viewing after the premiere.