Happy International Women’s Day! Today we’re looking at how women, despite serious limitations on their careers through the ages, prevailed to have some influence in the world of classical music.
When I started on some research for this, I was delighted to come across this link to pianist Rosario Marciano, in a recording of women composers. Some date back as far as the 17th century. Along with the better-known Fanny Mendelssohn (rumour has it brother Felix published some of her works under his name – simply so they’d actually get published) and Clara Schumann (the student-turned-wife of Robert, known for her virtuosic piano concerts, and also a composer) are many composers including Amy Beach (1867 – 1944) and a long list of lesser-known composers.
Tune in throughout the day for special programming featuring women composers on The New Classical FM.