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Ethiopia's Shadow in America is an orchestral composition that was written by Florence Price in 1932. It received honorable mention in the Rodman Wanamaker Music Contest the same year in the area of piano pieces.[1][2] The Andante was performed by the University of Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in January 2015.[3][4] On September 30, 2018, Jordan Randall Smith conducted the Hopkins Concert Orchestra in a performance he claims is the first East Coast performance.[5][6][7]

Price offered the following inscription:

Price provides the following inscription for Ethiopia’s Shadow:[8]

Ethiopia’s Shadow in America is intended to portray:

I. The Arrival of the Negro in America when first brought here as a slave – (Introduction and Allegretto)

II. His Resignation and Faith – (Andante)

III. His Adaptation – (Allegro) – A fusion of his native and acquired impulses

– Florence B. Price


  1. ^ Horne, Aaron (1996). "Brass Music of Black Composers: A Bibliography", p. 60. Greenwood Publishing Group, Santa Barbara
  2. ^ Jackson, Barbara Garvey (1977). "Florence Price, Composer". The Black Perspective in Music. 5 (4): 37. doi: 10.2307/1214357
  3. ^ "Andante from "Ethiopia's Shadow in America" by Florence B. Price". Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  4. ^ Curtis, Liane (2015-02-26). "NEW DISCOVERIES of Florence Price's Music revealed in Arkansas Festival!!". Women's Philharmonic Advocacy. Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  5. ^ Sept 27, Bret McCabe / Published; 2018 (2018-09-27). "Jordan Randall Smith on conducting, community, and concerts". The Hub. Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  6. ^ Jordan Randall Smith (2018-11-26), Florence Price: Ethiopia's Shadow in America: II. Andante, retrieved 2019-02-18
  7. ^ "Ethiopia's Shadow in America". Jordan Randall Smith. Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  8. ^ Smith, Jordan Randall (November 26, 2018). "Ethiopia's Shadow in America". Conductor's Notebook. Retrieved 2018-11-26.