3/8/2008 International Women's Day 2008

 

*Composing Women (6-7:30am)*
Hosted by Anna Keyes
A program celebrating women's contributions to classical music.

_In 1939 Nadia Boulanger was asked what it was like to be the first woman to conduct the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the world premiere of Stravinsky's 'Dumbarton Oaks'. She replied Well, I have been a woman for 50 years now and have recovered from my initial astonishment._

With this program we hope to give voice to women composers throughout history. In thinking of the famous classical composers -- Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, etc. -- we could not think of any women. Thus began our research to bring you a sampling of the _multitude_ of composing women.

*Program Playlist Resources*

+1. Hildegard von Bingen (1098 – 1179)+
Played:
* Ordo Virtutum - Scene 1: O nos peregrine sumus (Link:http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_dmusic/104-5442804-6062341?url=search-...)
* Ordo Virtutum - Symphoniae: O quam magnum miraculum (Link:http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_dmusic/104-5442804-6062341?url=search-...)
- Wikipedia:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hildegard_of_Bingen

+2. Maddalena Casulana (c. 1544-1590)+
Played:
* Morir non può il mio cuore (Link:http://www.amazon.com/English-Italian-Renaissance-Madrigals-Arcadelt/dp/...)
- Wikipedia:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maddalena_Casulana

+3. Barbara Strozzi (1619-1677)+
Played:
* Sonetto Proemio dell'opera (Link:http://www.amazon.com/New-Sappho-Nicolo-Fontei/dp/B00004TKG2/ref=sr_1_1?...)
* Sospira, respira (Link:http://www.amazon.com/New-Sappho-Nicolo-Fontei/dp/B00004TKG2/ref=sr_1_1?...)
- Wikipedia:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Strozzi
- Additional Resource:http://www.home.earthlink.net/~barbarastrozzi/index.htm

+4. Marianna von Martines (1744-1812)+
Played:
* Symphony in C - Excerpt from the Third Movement
- Wikipedia:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marianne_von_Martinez
- Recordings of her work are difficult to find. Excerpts and biography here:http://www.ambache.co.uk/wMartinez.htm.

+5. Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel (1805-1847)+
Played:
* Italien (Link:http://www.cdconnection.com/details/_Patricia_Kent_and_Robert_Koopmann_-...)
* Das Jahr / The Year - March (Link:http://www.amazon.com/Fanny-Hensel-Mendelssohn-Year-Piano-Mendelssohn/dp...)
- Wikipedia:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fanny_Mendelssohn

+6. Clara Wieck Schumann (1819-1896)+
Played:
* Piano Concerto in A minor - 1st movement: Allegro maestoso (Link:http://www.amazon.com/Womens-Philharmonic-Mendelssohn-Tailleferre-Concer...)
* Romance in B minor / Romance 1856 (Link:http://www.amazon.com/Clara-Schumann-Revenants-Toccatina-Andnate/dp/B000...)
- Wikipedia:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clara_Schumann

+7. Lili Boulanger (1893-1918)+
Played:
* D'un Matin De Printemps / On a Morning in Spring (Link:http://www.amazon.com/Womens-Philharmonic-Mendelssohn-Tailleferre-Concer...)
* Faust et Helene (Link:http://www.amazon.com/Boulanger-Faust-H%C3%A9l%C3%A8ne-Jason-Howard/dp/B...)
- Wikipedia:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lili_Boulanger

+8. Libby Larsen (1950- )+
Played:
* Reasons for Loving the Harmonica (Link:http://www.amazon.com/Fast-cats-mysterious-Songs-America/dp/B00002Z794/r...)
* Marimba Concerto: After Hampton - Slowly, in muted colors (Link:http://www.amazon.com/Larsen-Symphony-Marimba-Concerto-Hampton/dp/B00005...)
- Libby Larsen's Home Page:http://www.libbylarsen.com/

_Because it can be challenging to find recordings of some women composers, we have linked to the Amazon.com pages for CDs we used in our program. However, many of these CDs can be found at your local library or via MnLink:https://www.mnlinkgateway.org ._

*Additional Resources*

* Extensive Database of Women Composers:http://www.kapralova.org/DATABASE.htm
* Short List of Recommended Listening:http://www.kapralova.org/LISTEN.htm
* Diana Ambache on Women Composers:http://www.ambache.co.uk/women.htm
- Research and Examples
* The Women's Philharmonic:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Women%27s_Philharmonic
- An important group advocating women's compositions with wonderful recordings, sadly no longer running:http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/03/04/DDG8G5CHBH1.DTL
* Community Women's Orchestra:http://www.communitywomensorchestra.org/

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Air Date: 
March 8, 2008

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