FLORENCE PRICE’S SCENES OF TENEMENT LIFE

  • I. “The Huckster”: Price doesn’t provide a description, but none is needed: hucksters are fixtures of life in low-income areas;
  • II. “Children at Play”: Children at play pause to stare at an old, crippled woman who passes along searching in garbage cans for food. The pitiful figure disappears, is soon forgotten and the children quickly resume their play; and
  • III. “Night”: The scene is sordid. There comes a slinking figure. Occasionally there is a swift movement — something scurrying to its shelter. From within a squalid tenement comes the plaintive wail of a child, also the complaint of an older member of the family.

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John Michael Cooper

John Michael Cooper

A musicologist with a passion for social justice, bringing unheard music to life for performers and listeners, and teaching.