Friday, March 30, 2018

#ClassicsaDay #WomensHistoryMonth 2018 - Week 4

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 composers.

Here is an annotated list of the composers I posted for the second week:

Rosa Giacinta Badalla (c.1660–c.1710) - Non plagent

Rosa Badalla was a Benedictine nun. She wrote primarily sacred music to be performed within the walls of the nunnery. In 1684 a collection of her sacred motets was published in Venice. Very little of her music or details about her life have survived.

Maddalena Laura Lombardini Sirmen (1745–1818) - Violin Concerto No. 5 in B-flat major

Today Maddalena Lombardini is best remembered for a letter she received from her teacher, Giuseppe Tartini. The letter outlined important violin techniques and has become a major reference work for historically informed violin performances. Lombardini was an accomplished violin virtuoso, as was her husband Ludovico Simen. Lombardnin's compositions center around the violin and were most likely performed either by herself or in conjunction with her husband. She was a famous performer in her time, with six published collections of music.

Laura Constance Netzel (1839–1927) - Cello Sonata in E minor, Op. 66

Larua Netzel was a Swedish pianist, conductor, organist, composer, and crusader. She was active in several organizations throughout her life that supported the poor, especially women and children. She had about 80 published compositions, mostly for piano or organ.

Carlotta Ferrari (1975-) - Veni sancte Spiritus

Carlotta Ferrari is an Italian composer with an international reputation. She is especially known for her choral compositions and organ works. Ferrari combines Renaissance and Medieval traditions within contemporary musical frameworks.

Elinor Remick Warren (1900-1991) - Suite for Orchestra

Elinor Warren studied piano with Leopold Godwsky and Harold Bauer, and composition with Nadia Boulanger. Warren wrote over 200 works, including a symphony, oratorio, and a requiem mass. Although an accomplished pianist, solo piano music is only a small portion of her catalog.

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