Florence Price: Whim Wham - Digital

Digital Device Download for piano (edited by John Michael Cooper). (Non-printable)

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Additional Info

  • Composer
    Florence Price
  • Publisher
    G Schirmer Inc
  • Arrangement
    Piano (PF)
  • Format
  • Genre
    20th Century
  • Additional Contributor
    ed. by John Michael Cooper


For piano (edited by John Michael Cooper). According to many dictionaries, a "whim wham" is something bought or gotten on a whim — an impulse buy. And indeed, there is plenty of whimsy in Price's rollicking piano miniature presented here. Although the piece derives almost entirely from variants of the descending pentatonic scale C – A – G – E – D – C in the right hand and its ascending counterpart in the left hand (C – D – E – G – A – C), it is filled with lively syncopations, sometimes in combination with each other, and the middle section pulls toward two elements absent in the outer ones: the subdominant (F) in mm. 34-35 and the minor mode in mm. 35-37. The latter returns in the blue thirds in mm. 58-61. The interruption and fermata reinforce the whimsy before the prestissimo coda, which ends with an abruptness surpassed only by its charm.

— John Michael Cooper

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