• Florence Price
  • Five Folksongs in Counterpoint (for string quartet) (1951)

  • G Schirmer Inc (World)
  • 2vn, va, vc
  • 18 min

Programme Note

Composer Note
No. 1 is based upon the Negro spiritual “Calvary.” (Southern USA)

No. 2 is based upon “Clementine,” a ballad which became a favorite during the Reconciliation period. It was popular in San Francisco, California near the end of the 19th century and is often sung now-a-days by college and community groups.

No. 3 “Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes” was sung by settlers on the Eastern coast of America before the days of the American Revolution…the words of which were written by Ben Johnson in 1616 and sung to a tune of unknown origin as early as 1770, included in this group is now regarded as a folk song, and is authoritatively included in published volumes of folk songs.

No. 4 Several folk songs

No. 5 “Swing Low Sweet Chariot.” Well-known and one of the best-loved of American Negro folk tunes.

— Florence B. Price


Movements I-IV


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