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Friday, March 16, 2018
#ClassicsaDay #WomensHistoryMonth 2018 - Week 2
Some of us contributing to #ClassicsaDay decided to celebrate the
role of women in classical music for March. Those posts included both
the #ClassicsaDay and #WomensHistoryMonth hashtags. There were many
posts of female performers and conductors. I chose to stick with
Here is an annotated list of the composers I posted for the second
Sessa came from a patrician family and took holy orders. Sessa's works
were written for use in her abbey, and are all based on religious
texts. Two of her compositions were published in 1613. It's not clear
how many other works she composed.
Mlle Duval (1718–after 1775) - Sonata in G major
Her first name is unknown, and "Duval" may have been a stage name. She
was a talented harpsichordist, dancer, and published composer. The
Paris Opera produced her opera, and her chamber music was frequently
performed in salons.
Emilie Mayer (1812–1883) - Symphony No. 7 in F-minor
Mayer was a
prolific composer, though her career didn't take off until the 1840s.
Her catalog includes eight symphonies, a piano concerto, an opera,
seven concert overtures and numerous chamber works.
Tera de Marez Oyens (1932-1996) - Structures and Dance for violin and
Dutch composer had a career writing music for church songbooks before
discovering electronic music in the 1960s. Her style changed
dramatically, and her works become more complex and innovative. In the
1980s Oyens was able to devote her time exclusively to compositions --
her most important works are from this period. Oyens' catalog has over
200 classical works.
Gabriela Lena Frank (1972 - ) - An Andean Walkabout
Gabriela Frank studied with William Bolcom and Michael Daugherty. Her
lineage is a mixture of American/Lithuanian/Jewish/Peruvian/Chinese.
The music traditions of these diverse cultures are an important part of
Frank's style. Her work has found a following among both contemporary
classical and world music audiences.