Music Major Studies Lost Compositions
Release Date: April 04, 2017
Music major Lyman Hinson presented the lost works of composer Florence
Price at the annual student symposium today at Berry College.
sophomore, is researching the choral and vocal music of the composer, Florence
Price (1887-1953). She was the first African-American woman to have a
composition played by a major symphony orchestra. Her choral and vocal
music is virtually unknown to most classical musicians, and he was able to study
and collect several of her compositions at the University of Arkansas special
collections library. In fact, Hinson was one of the first musicians to
review a recent discovery of many undocumented manuscripts
and scores. They had been sitting in an attic in Chicago for almost 50
After three days
and reviewing almost 100 manuscripts and scores, he has now collected
around 20 scores that he will now edit and prepare for performance. In addition
to his presentation April 4, he is working towards a recital in 2018
of the choral and vocal music of Price.
“What a great opportunity for a young scholar, and how exciting to
bring these pieces to life again!,” said Berry College Associate Music
Professor and Director of Choral Activities Paul Neal.
is part of the Synovus Grant program, which gives rising sophomores the
opportunity to do research associated with their major or an interest.
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