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Spirituals to Sonatas

Women’s contributions to the classical music landscape of the 20th century were rich and varied. From soulful suites inspired by the folk songs of the enslaved in the United States to innovative soundscapes in traditional sonata forms, women were at the vanguard, bringing concert music to new and expressive heights. This program illuminates four stunning works from the past 100 years. Taking the spotlight are African American pioneers Florence Price and Margaret Bonds, Czech trailblazer Vítězslava Kaprálová and British innovator Doreen Carwithen.


Vítězslava Kaprálová
Dubnová Preludia (April Preludes), op. 13
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Andante
III. Andante semplice
IV. Vivo

Florence Price
Sonata in E minor
I. Andante – Allegro
II. Andante
III. Scherzo


Margaret Bonds
Spiritual Suite
I. The Valley of the Bones
II. The Bells
III. Troubled Water

Doreen Carwithen
I. Allegro moderato
II. Molto adagio
III. Allegro Molto

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